US & UK Bans Electronic Devices on Flights from 6 Countries
Fresh on the heels of President Trump‘s Travel Ban 2.0, it would seem that the more restrictions are coming. And this time the U.K. is getting in on the game.
It was announced Tuesday that both the U.S. and U.K. would ban any electronics larger than a smartphone from being brought into the cabin of an airplane. Passengers from 10 airports in eight majority-Muslim countries have had the restrictions placed on them by the U.S., while only six countries have the restrictions placed on them by the U.K. (The U.K. ban doesn’t include the UAE, Kuwait, or Morocco, but includes Lebanon or Tunisia.) The ban also points to specific airlines to be be restricted.
The new ban took place at 3 a.m. EST and was followed shortly by the ban in the U.K. The ban in the Unites States is only on flights from foreign carriers traveling into the States, while the British equivalent covers six carriers (out of a total 14) that are actually based in the United Kingdom.
Officials have said that the ban wasn’t implemented based on information pointing to any credible, imminent attack, but was decided upon based on information pointing to an uptick in the use of portable electronics being used to smuggle explosive devices.
The restriction, according to the Department of Homeland Security, covers the following items: laptop computers, tablets, cameras, travel printers and games bigger than a smartphone.
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