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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

US bans larger electronic devices on flights from 8 Muslim nations


From The Guardian:
US authorities have secretly required airlines from eight nations to forbid passengers from carrying any electronic or electrical device larger than a cellphone. 
The new edict was distributed in an email described as “confidential” from the US transportation safety administration (TSA) on Monday. 
The requirement forbids passengers from bringing laptops, iPads, Kindles and even cameras larger than mobile phones into the cabin. All such devices must be checked. 
Saudi Arabia’s Saudia Airlines and Royal Jordanian airlines are among the affected countries; the full list had not been revealed to the affected airlines themselves until a press briefing by the US department of Homeland Security on Monday evening. 
The ban is techincally related to ten airports in eight countries: 
Queen Alia in Jordan 
Cairo International in Egypt 
Ataturk International in Turkey 
King Abudlaziz and King Khalid in Saudi Arabia 
Kuwait International in Kuwait, 
Mohammaed V in Morocco 
Doha International in Qatar 
Dubai international and Abu Dhabi international in the United Arab Emirates. 
The affected airlines are Royal Jordainia, Egyptair, Turkish airlines, Saudia airlines, Kuwait airways, Royal Air Morocco, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad.
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