Tuesday, 21 March 2017 08:21

Cabin device ban on some US flights from Mideast Featured

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Most electronic devices have been banned from aircraft cabins in the case of some African and Middle Eastern airlines that fly directly to the US.

An American official was reported by CNN to have told the network this was due to security concerns about passengers boarding direct US flights from certain countries.

The ban is said to be for a limited period which was not specified.

The US government last week announced a modified version of its ban on the movement of citizens from Muslim countries, with Iraq being removed from a list of seven countries that were included in an earlier ban. This ban, like the earlier one, has been halted by a court.

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Only one country, Jordan, has announced that it is part of this group, with a tweet (now deleted) that said Royal Jordanian Airlines would allow only mobile phones and medical devices on-board from 21 March.

It said the advice was based on information from  "concerned U.S. departments" but did not offer any further clarification.

All other devices, such as laptops, DVD players and game consoles have to be stored along with checked baggage.

Royal Jordanian flies to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, as well Montreal and Detroit.

While CNN said the Department of Homeland Security had no comment, the US State Department had confirmed that relevant countries and airlines were being informed of the device ban.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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