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US bans most electronics from cabin of flights from 8 Middle East countriesDevices larger than a phone will have to be checked on airlines flying from 10 airports in Middle Eastern and African countries to the US, the Department of Homeland Security has ruled.
The new rules by the Department of Homeland Security will prohibit flyers from directly carrying on any electronic devices larger than a smartphone in the main cabin of an airplane. Devices that must be checked in luggage include cameras, iPads, electronic games, tablets, and laptop computers. The precautionary security enhancements are being implemented at ten different airports in eight different countries across the middle east and Northern Africa. Although officials say This new measure is not country-specific, 9 different carriers will be affected by the electronics ban, all of which run non-stop flights into the United States. The new measure will apply to all airline passengers flying from the specific airports, regardless of their preclearance airline status Senior administration officials remain concerned over the targeting of commercial aviation, including the smuggling of explosives inside consumer items. This video from February of last year shows the results of a detonated laptop bomb on board of flight departing from Somalia. The new security protocols will impact about 50 daily nonstop flights to the US and the affected airlines will have just 96 hours to comply or risk having the FAA stop their flights into the country. Jeff Pegues, CBS News, Washington.