US bans electronic devices for air passengers from eight majority-Muslim countries

Published on : Tuesday, March 21, 2017

planeAirline passengers from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries are now banned from carrying large electronic devices following Donald Trump’s administration rules.

 

With this ban, no passengers can bring laptops, iPads and cameras in carry-on luggage and will be effective on at least 12 airlines. Everything should be packed in checked luggage.

 

It is thought to apply to nonstop flights to the US from 10 airports in eight countries which are believed to include Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

 

No American carriers are impacted by the ban, which involves any device larger than a mobile phone.

 

The reason for the ban has not been made clear immediately and no spokesman was ready to comment. Royal Jordanian Airlines did however point out that medical devices were excluded from the ban.

 

Royal Jordanian Airlines tweeted that ‘following instructions from the concerned US departments, we kindly inform our dearest passengers departing to and arriving from the United States that carrying any electronic or electrical device on board the flight cabins is strictly prohibited’. The airline continued in the tweet that prohibited devices, including for instance laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games will only be allowed in the checked baggage.

 

Experts are joggled between up and downsides to the policy.

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