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US and UK ban on devices from 10 airports

NEW BAN ON ELECTRONIC DEVICES – Britain has joined the US Department of Homeland Security in announcing the introduction of a ban on electronic devices for passengers on nonstop flights originating from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa.  The enhanced security procedures will require passengers to place all electronic items larger than a cellphone in their checked luggage so the devices cannot be accessed in flight. This includes laptops, tablets, e-readers, portable DVD players, gaming devices larger than a smartphone, and travel-size printers and scanners.

Ten airports affected by ban: Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman, Jordan. Cairo International Airport (CAI) in Cairo, Egypt. Ataturk International Airport (IST) in Istanbul, Turkey. King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. King Khalid International Airport (RUH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Kuwait International Airport (KWI) near Kuwait City, Kuwait. Mohammed V Airport (CMN) in Casablanca, Morocco. Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar. Dubai International Airport (DXB) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Airlines affected by the ban; Royal Jordanian Airlines, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudia, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates. US airlines are not affected by the ban.


Intelligence showing that the Islamic State is developing a bomb hidden in portable electronics spurred the United States and Britain on Tuesday to bar passengers from airports in a total of 10 Muslim-majority countries from carrying laptop computers, iPads and other devices larger than a cellphone aboard direct inbound flights, two senior American counterterrorism officials said.


Two additional American officials said the explosives were designed to be hidden in laptop batteries. All four spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to publicly discuss the sensitive information.


The Trump administration maintained that the new restrictions did not signal a credible, specific threat of an imminent attack. Officials said the alert reflects concerns that the Islamic State is ready — or soon will be — to launch new capabilities against the West. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, declined to address the intelligence during a news media briefing on Tuesday.


Officials said passengers still could carry cellphones and other small devices into the airplane’s cabin, while larger items like laptops would have to be stowed with checked luggage.