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A K Azad : risingbd.com
 
   
Publish on: 2017-03-21 10:47:02 AM     ||     Updated: 2017-03-21 4:02:35 PM

International Desk: Donald Trump’s administration has banned airline passengers from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries from carrying large electronic devices.

No American carriers are impacted by the ban, which involves any device larger than a mobile phone.

The ban would stop passengers bringing laptops, iPads and cameras in carry-on luggage and is thought to affect at least 12 airlines.

It is thought to apply to nonstop flights to the US from 10 airports in eight countries which are believed to include Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

The Transportation Security Administration, which is part of Homeland Security, also refused to comment.

A formal list of the airlines affected has yet to be released, but an official speaking to Associated Press said it would apply to the following ten airports in eight countries:

  • Queen Alia International, Jordan
  • Cairo International Airport, Egypt
  • Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
  • King Abdulaziz International, Saudi Arabia
  • King Khalid International, Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait International Airport
  • Mohammed V International, Morocco
  • Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
  • Dubai International, United Arab Emirates
  • Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates

    Officials said the ban had no end date. AP reported that airlines would not be officially informed of the ban until at 03:00 ET (07:00 GMT) on Tuesday.


The reason for the ban was not immediately clear. David Lapan, a spokesman for Homeland Security Department, declined to comment. The Transportation Security Administration, part of Homeland Security, also declined to comment.

Royal Jordanian Airlines did however point out that medical devices were excluded from the ban. Everything else, the airline said, would need to be packed in checked luggage.

“Following instructions from the concerned US departments, we kindly inform our dearest passengers departing to and arriving from the United States that carrying any electronic or electrical device on board the flight cabins is strictly prohibited,” the airline tweeted.

“Prohibited devices, including for instance laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games … etc, can be carried in the checked baggage only.”


Source: Agencies


risingbd/Dhaka/Mar 21, 2017/A K Azad