The United States has just announced that it will ban electronic devices namely laptops and tablets in the cabin baggage during flights from eight North African and Middle Eastern countries.
A legit source coming from the U.S. Government have announced that the mandate would affect nine airlines operating in 10 airports. The United States media has also reported that the order was coming from intelligence that was gathered overseas.
The list of banned electronic devices would include laptops, tablets,DVD players, cameras, and portable electronic games. Probably the only accepted electronic devices are phones and medical devices, but they will still undergo strict monitoring.
The Reason Unveiled
A formal list of the affected airlines has yet to be released, but an official said to the Associated Press said that it would affect the following 10 airports in 8 countries: Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan; Dubai International, United Arab Emirates; Cairo International Airport, Egypt; Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey; King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Kuwait International Airport; Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco; Hamad International, Doha, Qatar; and Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates.
U.S. Officials have also said that there are no end date to the ban. According to CNN Money, the affected airlines would not be officially informed of the ban until later on Tuesday at exactly 03:00 ET (07:00 GMT).
However, Royal Jordanian Airlines has recently tweeted that it would be banning passengers from carrying various electronic devices in entering and exiting North American flights. The tweet was then deleted.
The Jordan-based carrier said that beginning on Tuesday, it would only be allowing phones and medical devices on its flights. All other electronics are also said to be strictly prohibited from entering every aircraft.
The said airline also claimed that laptops, tablets, and every other electronic devices must be checked in with every baggage. This new policy would surely have an effect on Jordanian flights that are going to and from New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Montreal.
The explosion happened a few moments after it lifted off from Mogadishu. Investigators claim that there was a certain passenger that got sucked out of the plane and was seen to had been carrying a laptop bomb. This is one of the reasons why laptops and other electronic devices are going to be banned. This is also the probable reason why the U.S. has now imposed this new rule.