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U.S. to ban some airline passengers from carrying larger electronics

By David Shepardson and Mark Hosenball

REUTERS

 

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Passengers make their way in a security checkpoint at the International JFK airport in New York October 11, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are planning to ban passengers travelling on certain U.S.-bound foreign airline flights from carrying into the cabin larger electronic devices in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

 

The new rule is expected to be announced as early as Monday by the Department of Homeland Security, the officials said, adding that it had been under consideration since the U.S. government learned of a threat several weeks ago.

 

The source said the rule would cover a dozen foreign airlines flying from about a dozen countries, including some from the Middle East, and would include airlines based in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The officials did not name the other countries.

 

The officials said no American carriers were affected by the ban, which would apply to devices larger than a cell phone, but did not say why. Passengers would be allowed to carry larger devices in their checked luggage like tablets, laptops and cameras.

 

Royal Jordanian Airlines <RJAL.AM> said in a tweet on Monday that U.S.-bound passengers would be barred from carrying most electronic devices aboard aircraft starting Tuesday at the request of U.S. officials, including those that transit through Canada. Passengers can still carry cell phones and approved medical devices.

 

Al Riyadh newspaper, which is close to the Saudi government, reported that the civil aviation authority had informed "airlines flying from the kingdom's (Saudi) airports to U.S. airports of the latest measures from U.S. security agencies in which passengers must store laptops and tablets" in checked in baggage.

 

Al Riyadh quoted a civil aviation authority source as saying that these measures from senior U.S. authorities were relayed to the Saudi interior ministry.

 

Saudia Airlines confirmed in a tweet that U.S. transportation authorities had barred carrying larger electronic devices in cabin luggage.

 

The White House declined to comment.

 

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, David Lapan, said the agency has "no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide an update when appropriate.

 

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly called congressional lawmakers this weekend to notify them of the plan, congressional aides said.

 

In July 2014, the Homeland Security Department stepped up security of U.S.-bound flights, requiring tougher screening of mobile phones and other electronic devices and requiring them to be powered up before passengers could board flights to the United States.

 

(Additional reporting by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Sandra Maler and Toni Reinhold)

 
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Those long haul flights are when I used to catch up on lots of work. No laptop is going to make for a very long and boring flight.

 

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No leftie judge gona jump in and try and block it as anti Muslim, un American, disriminating?

Oh it's not come from Trump, no worries then.

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46 minutes ago, kevkev1888 said:

No leftie judge gona jump in and try and block it as anti Muslim, un American, disriminating?

Oh it's not come from Trump, no worries then.

I would expect a lawsuit to be filed.

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3 hours ago, esprit said:

Apparently there is no truth in the rumour that following on from this that any carry on luggage is the next on the list to be banned, followed by a total ban of checked baggage and then ultimately to satisfy the Homeland Security department advisors,  a total ban on passengers flying to the US also.

flippant...considering the British shoe bomber and the underwear bomber

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5 hours ago, esprit said:

Apparently there is no truth in the rumour that following on from this that any carry on luggage is the next on the list to be banned, followed by a total ban of checked baggage and then ultimately to satisfy the Homeland Security department advisors,  a total ban on passengers flying to the US also.

Was that statement "Tongue in cheek" or just dumb ?

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so where do you find this list of airlines??

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2 hours ago, silverhawk_usa said:

I don't see the logic in this.  If the laptop or "electronic device" is some type of explosive device, what is the difference if it is in the hold or the cabin?  If they are smart enough to create the explosive in the first place, they surely must have the intelligence to use some type of timer, pressure or altitude sensing device which does need to be manually activated.  Still "Boom". 

Maybe not explosive? Sarin? VX?

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