US, UK restrict carry-on electronics on flights from some Muslim-majority countries
The United States imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices aboard direct flights from some Muslim-majority countries on Tuesday, with the United Kingdom announcing a similar ban shortly after in response to an unspecified terrorist threat.
President Donald Trump’s administration imposed restrictions on planes coming to the United States from eight Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
The UK later announced similar restriction for direct inbound flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia.
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said passengers travelling from those airports could not bring devices larger than a cellphone, such as tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras, into the main cabin. Instead, they must be placed in checked baggage.
The airports affected by the US ban include those in Cairo, Egypt; Istanbul, Turkey; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Doha, Qatar; Casablanca, Morocco; Amman, Jordan; Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
US officials said Trump’s new policy had nothing to do with recent efforts to impose a travel ban on six majority-Muslim nations. A DHS spokeswoman said the government “did not target specific nations. We relied upon evaluated intelligence to determine which airports were affected”.