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U.S Bans Laptops, Tablets, Cameras on Certain Flights from 8 Muslim Majority Countries



U.S. President Donald Trump

The U.S. has banned electronic devices such as laptops and tablets from cabin luggage on certain flights from eight Muslim majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

According to BBC, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said extremists were seeking “innovative methods” to bring down jets.

DHS said that terrorists could carry bombs in laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games.

Cairo in Egypt, Amman in Jordan, Kuwait City in Kuwait, Casablanca in Morocco, Doha in Qatar, Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Istanbul in Turkey, and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates are the cities affected.

The following are the airlines affected: Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Etihad Airways.

No American carrier will be affected, officials say.

U.S officials said that the ban has no end date, adding that the affected carriers have been given 96 hours, beginning from 07:00 GMT, March 21st 2017.


  1. Willy Wonka

    March 21, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    What will my kids do for fun on flights now. Old fashioned flying kenan.

    • bk

      March 22, 2017 at 1:29 am

      Are you by chance coming to the US from any of those countries? Or must you use any airline from there? Please read and comprehend first before you type

  2. Thelma

    March 21, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    My parents and all my siblings and relatives live in America and we typically go and visit three or four times a year for family events and so on. But this is the last straw for me. I simply cannot cope in Trumpland. See you guys in 2020. They’ll just have to visit us in Lagos more often because I kennet cope. I jus kennet.

    • Becca

      March 21, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      Great! pls add the UK to your list of places to avoid & stay and lagos.

  3. James

    March 21, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Thelma, I don’t fault you or anyone who takes a hiatus from the United States for now. Trump is determined to impose some kind of travel ban on people from the middle east and others.

    I can’t find the rational for imposing restrictions on middle eastern airlines and not on other airlines. He’s essentially saying that you can’t carry a laptop or other electronic devices flying out on any of the aforementioned airlines from the middle eastern cities mentioned, but it’s ok to have them on a European, American or other airlines flying out from the same cities.

    What a mess.

    Why should the middle eastern countries tolerate this? They should start thinking of imposing their own artificial restrictions against Americans.

    Donald Trump is going to sink the American economy. It’s only a matter of time.

    • Honestina

      March 21, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      In as much as America needs the resources of some of the middle eastern countries, the citizens of those countries need america more than Americans need them. I know Americans love to travel but a counter ban on americans by the affected countries in terms of movement will only hurt those countries.
      Americans will be fine without many things of the world and preventing them from entering these countries is one of them. At least they have europe as a better option.

    • X

      March 22, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      I believe its for economic reasons. The Middle Eastern airlines dominate and have taken market from the American airlines. At the same time, Middle Eastern airlines use Boeing (a US company), so US needs them. I think Trump is just tryna see if they can recapture some market. Airlines get most of their money from First and Business class customers… those are the folks that need their tablets the most on flights.

  4. Becca

    March 21, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    No mention that UK is implementing the same ban? And for good reason too?

  5. "changing moniker"

    March 21, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    What of those of us that can’t afford United or Delta? Na to travel without phone? What’s a vacation without a phone?

  6. Lola

    March 21, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    That means we have to check-in our devices. I hope theft will not increase

  7. Patricia Williams Collins Erikanders

    April 3, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Ed Martino told by Miami Florida swimland they do not work with him few years he had his Fathe

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