Passengers on flights to the United States from eight countries in the Middle East and Africa will not be allowed to bring any electronic devices larger than a smartphone onboard because of new security restrictions issued by the Department of Homeland Security.
The Transportation Security Administration notified Egyptair, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Turkish Airlines that passengers will have to check iPads, kindles, laptops and other devices before going through security or boarding because of safety concerns.
“Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,” DHS said in a statement Tuesday morning. “Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Transportation Security Administrator Acting Administrator Huban Gowadia have determined it is necessary to enhance security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports to the United States.”
No U.S. airline will be affected by this ban as none flies nonstop from the 10 cities throughout Africa and the Middle East that are included in the new security restrictions issued by the Department of Homeland Security.