White House officials have declared a ban on electronic gadgets being taken as carry-on on flights from eight different countries. Passengers flying direct from a handful of mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries will now be required to pack any gadgets other than their mobile phones in with their checked baggage. Airlines have 96 hours to implement the changes or face being banned from flying into the U.S.
The airports facing the carry-on gadget ban include those in Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Cairo, Egypt; Istanbul, Turkey; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
The ban will impact around 50 flights per day, with officials saying they used “evaluated intelligence” about potential threats to come up with the order. There was no word on whether there had been intelligence about a specific planned terrorist attack.
The ban affects tablets, cameras, laptops and most other electronic devices, although Royal Jordanian Airlines said that medical devices were allowed on board.