Large electronic devices like laptops are banned during US-bound flights after American authorities received an intelligence report that ISIS terrorists plans to use these gadgets as explosives.
The following airports are affected by the ban:
- Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
- Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
- Cairo International Airport, Egypt
- Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
- King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait International Airport
- Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
- Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
- Dubai International, United Arab Emirates
The device ban excludes smartphones though, handsets more than 16cm x 9.3 cm are not allowed. Tablets are also not permitted to be used during these flights. In addition, medical devices are fine. Other examples of devices included in the ban are e-readers, cameras, portable DVD players, electronic game units larger than a smartphone, and travel printers/scanners. There is no exact measurement of devices noted, however.
Intelligence reports have pointed out that laptops and other large devices are converted into bombs in flight. US airlines have become the primary target for terrorist groups inside and outside the United States.
The following nine airlines are affected by the US ban:
- Royal Jordanian
- Turkish Airlines
- Saudi Arabian Airlines
- Kuwait Airways
- Royal Air Maroc
- Qatar Airways
- Etihad Airways.
The UK also announced their own travel restrictions hours after US announcement but it includes British Airways and Easyjet. The ban covers flights across Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
The device ban will be implemented on March 25, 2017 to October 14, 2017 according to the Emirates spokesperson.
Credits to BBC News