US Forbids Any Device Larger Than Cellphone on Airlines from 13 Countries

When it comes to flying people will want to take a look at some of the new regulations that will now be in place. As new TSA requirement will block passengers from bringing any laptops, Kindles, iPads, and cameras, with no specifics as of yet on whether flight crews are included in this rule. Experts are criticizing the new US electronic devices ban on some flights from the Middle East. US authorities have secretly required that airlines from eight nations forbid any passengers from carrying electronic or electrical devices that are larger than a cell phone. The new order was distributed in an email that was described as confidential and came from the US transportation safety administration (TSA) on Monday. Experts are criticizing the electronic devices ban. The new requirement forbids passengers from bringing any laptops, Kindles, iPads, and cameras that are larger than mobile phones into the cabin. This makes it especially difficult for professional photographers who travel with their photography gear. All devices must be checked. Saudi Arabia’s Saudia Airlines and Royal Jordanian Airlines are among the countries that are affected. The full list has not yet been revealed to the affected airlines themselves until a press briefing by the US Department of Homeland Security takes place.

The ban is should technically be related to ten airports in eight countries to include Queen Alia in Jordan, Ataturk International in Turkey, Cairo International in Egypt, King Abdulaziz and King Khalid in Saudi Arabia, Doha International in Qatar, Kuwait International in Kuwait, Mohammed V in Morocco, Dubai International and the Abu Dhabi International in the United Arab Emirates. The airlines that are affected airlines include Royal Jordainia, Turkish Airlines, Egyptair, Saudia Airlines, Royal Air Morocco, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Etihad.

The email that was sent is not a public regulation, but airlines will be expected to enforce the new regulations. Airlines have issued the email on Monday and were given 96 hours to comply. The new rules will apply to flights to and from the United States. The email did not address the electronic flight bags, which allow flight crews to display diagrams mapping flight patterns, digital documentation, and maps of airports, which are usually on an iPad. The lack of specifics leaves the airlines very much in the dark as to whether their employees will be cited or punished for performing the vital functions of aircraft crew. The TSA referred calls to the Department of Homeland Security. The Department of Homeland Security would also not confirm or deny the existence of the new requirements. By Monday afternoon, a United States official had briefed Reuters that the ban followed had followed a terrorism threat and was expected to be announced on Tuesday. The official said that no American air carriers would be impacted by the electronics ban, which is expected to be unveiled on Tuesday by the Homeland Security Department. The compliance has been fast and swift was effective starting March 21st. The carriage of electronic and electrical devices inbound to the United States should only be inbound in checked baggage except for mobile and medical devices,” according to a reservation agent at one of the affected airlines. Royal Jordanian made a tweet that referenced the restrictions, referring cryptically to the concerned US departments. It was also suggested that Royal Jordanian disobeyed the circular in part by making its existence known.

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