The United States recently announced a ban on large electronics from cabin baggage from eight Muslim-majority countries.
According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), extremists are seeking “innovative methods” to bring down jets. Bombs can now be hidden in laptops, camera, tablets, DVD players and even electronic games. The move to ban large electronic devices will affect nine airlines operating out of 10 airports primarily in the Middle East. Large electronics will only be allowed on board under checked baggage. Phones are exempted from these new rules. The following nine airlines are affected by these rules:
- Royal Jordanian
- Egypt Air
- Turkish Airlines
- Saudi Arabian Airlines
- Kuwait Airways
- Royal Air Maroc
- Qatar Airways
- Etihad Airways
The airlines were given 96 hours, staring 0700 GMT on Tuesday, to ban large electronics onboard. No expiry date has been announced for these new rules. The affected airports include the following:
- Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
- Cairo International Airport, Egypt
- Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
- King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International, Riyadh Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait International Airport
- Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
- Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
- Dubai International, United Arab Emirates
- Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
According to a statement by DHS,
The U.S. Government is concerned about terrorists’ ongoing interest in targeting commercial aviation, including transportation hubs over the past two years, as evidenced by 2015 airliner downing in Egypt; the 2016 attempted airliner downing in Somalia; and the 2016 armed attacks against airports in Brussels and Istanbul.. Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumers items.
These new rules were under consideration for several weeks before being announced on Tuesday. The officials are reluctant to go into further details about the ban on electronic devices yet expect thousands of travelers to trust the U.S. government and the claim that this inconvenience is vital for the passengers’ own security.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.