America Bans Laptops, Tablets & Electronic Gadgets on Flights from 12 Int’l Airports Including Lagos
Officials of the United States have banned certain electronic devices on flights to America from 13 international airports due to increased terror threats, sources told Fox News on Monday.
The ban is the result of an increased “volume” of chatter suggesting that Al Qaeda and other groups are still looking for ways to sneak explosive materials onboard planes, and is thought to effect at least 12 airlines.
It is thought to apply to nonstop flights to the US from 10 airports in eight countries which are believed to include Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
The policy is expected to be announced on Tuesday where the full details of the ban will be disclosed.
The Independent UK has analysed the flight schedules from the Middle East and Africa and identified a dozen non-American airlines from the region that fly to the US: Arik Air from Lagos; Egyptair from Cairo; Emirates from Dubai and Athens; Ethiopian from Addis Ababa, Lome in Togo and Dublin; Etihad from Abu Dhabi; Kuwait Airways from Kuwait; Qatar Airways from Doha; Royal Air Maroc from Casablanca; Royal Jordanian from Amman; Saudia from Jeddah and Riyadh; South African Airways from Johannesburg and Dakar; and Turkish Airlines from Istanbul.
Earlier on Monday, Royal Jordanian Airlines announced on its Twitter account that the carrier had banned all electronic or electrical devices from carry-on luggage on flights to and from New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal effective Tuesday, March 21.
According to the statement, which cited instructions from “concerned US departments,” cellular phones and medical devices were exempt from the ban but laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players, and gaming devices may only be transported via checked luggage.
“Following instructions from the concerned US departments, we kindly inform our dearest passengers departing to and arriving from the United States that carrying any electronic or electrical device on board the flight cabins is strictly prohibited,” the airline tweeted.
“Prohibited devices, including for instance laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games … etc, can be carried in the checked baggage only.”
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