New travel rule requires laptops to be checked on certain international flights
EgyptAir said it will begin banning most electronics on its Cairo-to-New York flights starting Friday, after receiving new travel instructions from USA authorities.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, told The Huffington Post Australia that the Government was aware of the changes implemented by the USA and UK. The attempted downing of an airliner in Somalia past year was linked to a laptop device, and some media reports have claimed that the new security precautions are an attempt to stop similar incidents.
Terrorist groups "are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items", the DHS said.
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.
But flights into any United Kingdom airport departing from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia will all be covered by the new United Kingdom rules, which the Government described as "necessary, effective and proportionate".
What devices are being banned?
The ban does not apply to mobile phones or medical devices, but does include laptops, tablets, electronic games and cameras, according to reports.
An unusually large smartphone might be a problem under both the USA and British rules.
Royal Jordanian airlines "jumped the gun", one official said, with an advisory Monday to passengers.
Passengers will be allowed to place their electronics in checked luggage.
Tougher rules are expected to mean the devices have to be stored in the hold amid fears that extremists are plotting to use them to hide bombs.
Yes. There are four direct daily flights and two three-times-a-week flights to LAX from these countries.
As such the new security rules seem in line with much of the Trump administration's hastily rolled out impositions.
The Guardian reported that Royal Jordanian and Saudia Airlines are among the airlines that have been asked to follow the new guideline within 96 hours. There is no word on how long the new ban will last. Airline staff who carry electronic flight bags, and cabin crew, are unclear whether they are included in the new rules.
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