US-Bound Airlines Ban Electronic Devices Over Security Concerns
Airlines with direct flights to the United States of America from the Middle East and North Africa will no longer permit passengers from taking any electronic device larger than a cellphone into the cabin with immediate effect.
In an order issued by the US Government on March 21, 2017, airlines are instructed against allowing passengers to board with devices such as game consoles, laptops, tablets, e-readers, DVD players, and cameras and iPads in their hand luggage. Security experts say this is caused by new intelligence information that terror groups plan to bring down US-bound passenger planes with explosives hidden in electronic devices such as laptops.
Among the affected airlines are Royal Turkish Airlines of Turkey, Royal Air Moroc of Morocco, Qatar Airways of Qatar, Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi, Emirates Airline of Dubai, Egypt Air of Egypt and Saudia Airlines of Saudi Arabia.
The ban applies to non-stop flights to US airports from 10 international airports in Casablanca (Morocco), Cairo (Egypt), Abu Dhabi and Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Doha (Qatar), Istanbul (Turkey), Riyadh and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Amman (Jordan) and Kuwait City (Kuwait).