U.S. Bans Tablets and Laptops on Flights From Eight Middle Eastern Countries [Update: U.K. Plans Similar Ban]

The Department of Homeland of Security today announced new carry-on restrictions that prevent U.S.-bound passengers from eight Middle Eastern countries from carrying personal electronic devices larger than a smartphone in the passenger cabin.

The TSA order, which does not have a stated end date, covers laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, portable DVD players, and handheld gaming devices larger than a smartphone. According to the "emergency amendment", such forbidden devices must be stowed in checked baggage.

The list of Muslim-majority countries includes Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. The nine airlines impacted by the order are Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudia, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Ethiad Airways.

If the airlines fail to implement the changes within 96 hours, the Federal Aviation Authority could revoke their clearance certificates, which would ban them from flying into U.S. airspace. No U.S. airline is affected by the ban because none currently operates direct flights to and from the above destinations.

U.S. Administration aides declined to comment on any new or specific threats, but said the government had made the decision based on evaluated intelligence suggesting some terrorist organizations have considered using consumer electronics as a way to hide explosives and smuggle them onto passenger planes. It's not yet clear if or how this ruling relates to the Trump administration's revised travel ban, which is currently being challenged by U.S. courts.

The full airport ban list announced by the Department of Homeland Security includes: Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), Cairo International Airport (CAI), Ataturk International Airport (IST), King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED), King Khalid International Airport (RUH), Kuwait International Airport (KWI), Mohammed V Airport (CMN), Hamad International Airport (DOH), Dubai International Airport (DXB), and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).

(Via Associated Press.)

Update: The U.K. is also reportedly placing an electronics device ban on some flights, suggesting the actions of both governments is in response to specific intelligence.

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29 months ago
That will stop all business travels from those airports. There is no way
I will check my laptop period. Not only it will break while thrown by the amazing
baggage handlers, but if it gets stolen, I have sensitive information stored there...
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29 months ago
Smells like more BS from the camp of Dear Leader Trump...

But hey, who knows, maybe DHS isn't lying and there is "new intelligence" that makes this legitimately necessary.
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29 months ago
Well, at least they got Saudi Arabia this time around.
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29 months ago
Allowing for a phone but not an e-reader makes no sense. What can you do with an e-reader than you can't do with a phone. Or a tablet for that matter.

I don't travel those routes - but those long flights just got a lot longer for those that do
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29 months ago

Thanks President Trump for keeping us safe, everyone still has a pre-911 mindset. They're people in does countries that one to kill us, and liberals want them in here because of their guilt. Laptop batteries are turning into bombs, and just because you want to be PC you don't care if a bomb goes off here or there. Your hatred for our President and reality is suicidal. Not "ALL" muslims want to kill Americans, but there is a "SMALL" percentage that do, and that's just enough to harm us in the homeland for the second time.


This is a stupid partisan post. None of these measures "keep us safe" it is all Security Theater to give you the SENSE of security.

I have worked at an international airport for a number of years. I can personally tell all the stuff TSA/Homeland put passengers through is utter ********.

Right now every worker with access to aircraft in every airport can leave secure areas and return to it without being checked. I and all my coworkers did it on a regular basis. You all have no idea how stupid all the crap they put you through is.

Enjoy the security theatre..... I hear it will be a long running show.
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29 months ago

If this makes the country safer, why not? What do I know I work in IT but my thoughts are if the items are scanned surly there safe to be used during a flight. Plus if they have to go into the cabin what's stopping anyone sneaking it in the toilet in a normal bag should they need to use there laptopn


How would this increase safety? Those self same items that would have been carried on will now be in checked bags. Checked bags undergo similar security procedures, x-ray and manual inspection. And now you have the additional safety problem of large Lithium-ion batteries being kept in the baggage hold. This has caused fires in the past, which is why you aren't supposed to have them in checked bags.
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29 months ago

Thanks President Trump for keeping us safe, everyone still has a pre-911 mindset. They're people in does countries that one to kill us, and liberals want them in here because of their guilt. Laptop batteries are turning into bombs, and just because you want to be PC you don't care if a bomb goes off here or there. Your hatred for our President and reality is suicidal. Not "ALL" muslims want to kill Americans, but there is a "SMALL" percentage that do, and that's just enough to harm us in the homeland for the second time.


What is it with Republicans always blaming liberals? We don't have "guilt" as the reason for wanting refugees, we have god damn morals and a sense of humanity.

A "small" percentage of Muslims (those are radicalists/extremists, by the way) want to harm us. Just like a "small" percentage of white, conservative Christians want to harm Muslims - like the mosque shooting in Québec City.

Or are you going to reply to me and say that was Obama's fault? :rolleyes:
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29 months ago

Thanks President Trump for keeping us safe, everyone still has a pre-911 mindset. They're people in does countries that one to kill us, and liberals want them in here because of their guilt. Laptop batteries are turning into bombs, and just because you want to be PC you don't care if a bomb goes off here or there. Your hatred for our President and reality is suicidal. Not "ALL" muslims want to kill Americans, but there is a "SMALL" percentage that do, and that's just enough to harm us in the homeland for the second time.


If it keeps you happy, then we should all be happy.

So that terrorist that you fear so much (you have an awful lot of fear for someone who uses "marine" in his username) will take a flight from Syria to New York with his converted laptop in the hold, and then he takes a flight to Los Angeles taking it into the cabin. Or maybe he buys a laptop in New York and modifies it, or picks one up from a helper who has one ready prepared for him in New York. Seems your beloved President Trump isn't quite as clever as you think.

Remember 9/11? All flights were internal flights. None of those flights would have been affected by this new ruling. So President Trump, you are a mug. Thanks for nothing.
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As a Marine, please explain how having these bomb-packed devices in the cargo hold makes anyone safer.

Seriously, with the amount of fear that this guy expresses, what makes you think that he is a marine?
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29 months ago
Thanks President Trump for keeping us safe, everyone still has a pre-911 mindset. They're people in does countries that one to kill us, and liberals want them in here because of their guilt. Laptop batteries are turning into bombs, and just because you want to be PC you don't care if a bomb goes off here or there. Your hatred for our President and reality is suicidal. Not "ALL" muslims want to kill Americans, but there is a "SMALL" percentage that do, and that's just enough to harm us in the homeland for the second time.
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29 months ago

Qatar Airways, Emirates and Ethiad Airways.


Without engaging in another countries issue, I have to say from my travels that Qatar has some excellent service and my personal choice when am flying to London.

My sister on the other hand travels through Emirates and Ethiad, to Europe and U.S, considering this, they're definitely going to take a hit in sales for losing the convenience whether it does provide any added security or not.
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