Electronics banned on some US flights from Middle East

Emirates plane at Dubai International Airport (file photo - January 2017) 
The US has announced a ban on large electronic devices from cabin baggage on passenger flights from eight Muslim majority countries.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said extremists were seeking "innovative methods" to bring down jets.
Bombs could be hidden in laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games, it said.
The measure will affect nine airlines operating out of 10 airports.
Large electronic devices will only be allowed on board in checked baggage. Phones are exempt from the new rules.

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The nine airlines affected are:

  • Royal Jordanian
  • Egypt Air
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines
  • Kuwait Airways
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Qatar Airways
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways

US officials said the airlines had been given 96 hours, beginning at 07:00 GMT on Tuesday, to ban devices bigger than a mobile phone or smartphone from cabins. They said the ban had no end date.

Affected airports
Affected airports: Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan, Cairo International Airport, Egypt, Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey, King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah and 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. 
AFP news agency said passengers on some 50 flights a day from some of the busiest hubs in the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa would be required to follow the new rules.

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