The US and U.K have temporarily banned electronic or electrical devices larger than a cellphone on flights coming from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified security and terrorism threats.
According to the US Department of Homeland Security, the new requirement forbids passengers travelling from affected airports from bringing laptops, cameras, tablets, e-readers, portable DVD players, electronic gaming devices and travel printers or scanners into the cabin.
Under the new restrictions, all such devices must be checked and they will now be carried in the belly cargo deck underneath the passenger cabin, however, medical devices needed on board are allowed.
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The moves were prompted by concerns that militant groups are looking at ways to smuggle explosive devices inside electronic gadgets and target commercial aviation. The policy does not affect any American carriers because none fly directly to the US from affected airports.
Airports covered by the U.S restrictions are in Cairo; Istanbul; Kuwait City; Doha, Qatar; Casablanca, Morocco; Amman, Jordan; Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates.
The nine airlines are Egyptair, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Turkish Airlines.
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The UK said its restrictions would apply to direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
The UK regulation affects British Airways, easyJet, Jet2, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson , Atlas-Global, Pegasus, EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, Turkish Airlines and Tunisair.
Sources: Reuters, CNN, Telegragh, BBC