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Washington - U.S. To Ban Some Airline Passengers From Carrying Larger Electronics

Published on: March 20, 2017 10:00 PM
By: Reuters 
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Airline passengers line up their carry-on luggage for screening at a U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey December 29, 2009.   REUTERS/Mike Segar   Airline passengers line up their carry-on luggage for screening at a U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey December 29, 2009.  REUTERS/Mike Segar  

Washington - U.S. authorities are planning to ban passengers traveling on certain U.S.-bound foreign airline flights from carrying into the cabin larger electronic devices in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

The new rule is expected to be announced as early as Monday night by the Department of Homeland Security, the officials said, adding that it had been under consideration since the U.S. government learned of a threat several weeks ago.

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The source said the rule would cover a dozen foreign airlines flying from about a dozen countries, including some from the Middle East, and would include airlines based in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The officials did not name the other countries.

The officials said no American carriers were affected by the ban, which would involve devices larger than a cell phone. Passengers would be allowed to carry larger devices in their checked luggage.

Royal Jordanian Airlines

said in a tweet on Monday that U.S.-bound passengers would be barred from carrying most electronic devices aboard aircraft starting Tuesday at the request of U.S. officials, including those that transit through Canada. Passengers can still carry cell phones and approved medical devices.

Al Riyadh newspaper, which is close to the Saudi government, reported that the civil aviation authority had informed “airlines flying from the kingdom’s (Saudi) airports to U.S. airports of the latest measures from U.S. security agencies in which passengers must store laptops and tablets” in checked in baggage.

Al Riyadh quoted a civil aviation authority source as saying that these measures from senior U.S. authorities were relayed to the Saudi interior ministry.

The White House declined to comment.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, David Lapan, said the agency has “no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide an update when appropriate.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly called congressional lawmakers this weekend to notify them of the plan, congressional aides said.



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 Mar 21, 2017 at 01:09 AM lazy-boy Says:

"Passengers would be allowed to carry larger devices in their checked luggage."

Putting a laptop in checked luggage is a invitation for airport workers to steal it. This is a terrible law!

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 Mar 21, 2017 at 09:41 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

I suppose I will have to get some sort of hard-sided bag. Twelve hours with no Kindle will be rough.

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