IPads, other Electronics Banned on Flights to United States from Several Islamic Countries

It follows a similar measure announced on Tuesday by the United States authorities affecting flights originating in a longer list of eight mainly Muslim countries.

Britain followed the us on Tuesday to ban the use of any electronic device larger than a smartphone for flights from the Middle East and North Africa.

Royal Jordanian Airlines said in a tweet on Monday that US -bound passengers would be barred from carrying most electronic devices aboard aircraft starting Tuesday at the request of USA officials, including those that transit through Canada.

Beginning early Saturday morning, passengers on non-stop USA bound flights from 10 airports will be required to check any electronic item larger than a cell phone. About 50 daily US -bound direct flights are affected.

Now, the US and British governments are barring passengers on some worldwide flights from mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries from bringing laptops, tablets, electronic games and other devices on board in carry-on bags.

And the United Kingdom has followed suit, banning the devices on flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Passengers from certain countries will not be allowed to carry devices bigger than a smartphone, like ipads, laptops, tablets, cameras and other portable electronic equipments, on board the flight.

It operates 18 daily flights to a dozen USA cities, including obvious hubs such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as smaller markets like Boston and Fort Lauderdale.

"The safety and security of its passengers and crew is the airline's highest priority", it added in a statement.

The foreign airlines hit by the new ban include Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Egyptair, Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air and Saudia.

The US ban covers inbound flights on nine airlines operating out of 10 airports.

The new rule is in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, the officials said.

"It will have to be done by Saturday" at 0001 GMT at the latest, another government spokesman told AFP, explaining that some airlines may need longer than others to implement the new measure. Qatar Airways, which operates between its Doha hub and the United States, and Etihad, which flies Airbus A380 superjumbos twice a day between Abu Dhabi and NY, will also be hit.

Clark said Emirates would fully comply with the directives, even as he questioned why his airport's hub was included in the USA order.

  • Zachary Reyes