The United States of America is giving 9 airlines until Saturday morning to make certain that travelers on flights from ten overseas airports are not carrying any electronic devices bigger than smartphones with them.
A senior Donald Trump administration official told the airlines are being given ninety-six hours to fully complete the rules, starting three a.m. ET Tuesday, as “evaluated intelligence indicates that terror groups continue to target aviation, to include smuggling explosives in electronic devices.”
Officials wouldn’t tell how long the limitations will be in place.
United States officials would not be more precise regarding the intelligence or tell how newly it was concerned.
The aspects of the new policy were told Monday when Royal Jordanian Airlines “jumped the gun” & sent an advisory to passengers, a United States official said NBC News.
Officials told devices like cameras, tablets, laptops, e-readers, portable DVD players, portable printers & scanners, & video games will have to be put in checked baggage under the current policy, though medical devices will be allowed. The limitations won’t affect crew members.
The policy includes about 50 direct daily flights into the U.S. from 9 airlines flying from ten overseas airports.
- Royal Jordanian
- Turkish Airlines
- Saudi Arabia Airlines
- Kuwait Airways
- Royal Air Maroc
- Qatar Airways
- Emirates Air
- Etihad Airways
The airports are:
- Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
- Cairo International, Egypt
- Ataturk International, Istanbul, Turkey
- King Abdulaziz, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait International, Farwaniya, Kuwait
- Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
- Doha International, Qatar
- Dubai International, United Arab Emirates
- Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
No United States Airlines are affected as none operate flights directly to the U.S. from those airports.
Domestic United States flights are also unaffected.