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Trump bans electronic devices bigger than a smartphone from cabin luggage on airplanes coming from Muslim Countries

Rome, Italy - Great Britain limits the restriction. Devices shall travel in the hold

United States and Great Britain ban laptops, tablets and more generally all electronic devices that are bigger than a smartphone from being boarded as carry-on luggage on airplanes coming from some Muslim Countries. The US Department of Homeland Security published on March 21 a fact sheet on the new regulation. Maximum size of allowed equipment is not specified, a "common smartphone" is used as a reference. Necessary medical devices will be allowed after the security screening, all other equipment -including e-readers, videogames and cameras- shall be carried in the hold. The US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly together with Acting Administrator of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Huban Gowadia decided that these restrictions shall be applied considering the last airport from where flights depart to the United States, therefore extending the ban to all international flights with connections in the specified airports. The decision was taken for safety reasons. According to rumors from intelligence agencies there would be a threat of acts of terrorism by explosive that could be hidden inside these devices. At the moment -this list could be changed- the airports which are affected by the US ban are: "Queen Alia" International Airport (AMM), Amman, Jordan Cairo International Airport (CAI), Cairo, Egypt Istanbul "Atatürk" Airport Airport (IST), Istanbul, Turkey "King Abdul-Aziz" International Airport (JED), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Riyad "King Khalid" International Airport (RUH), Riyad, Saudi Arabia Kuwait International Airport (KWI), Kuwait City, Kuwait "Mohammed V" International Airport (CMN), Casablanca, Morocco "Hamad" International Airport (DOH), Doha, Qatar Dubai International Airport (DXB), Dubai, United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Great Britain shall apply a similar regulation for flights coming from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, specifying the maximum dimensions of allowed devices: 16 cm x 9.3 cm x 1.5 cm (6.3x9.3x0.6 inches). There were political reactions. Some Countries which were affected by the ban protested, while others are considering if applying the restriction too. Many airlines have been involved.

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