U.S. restricts carry-on electronics from 10 airports, mainly in Middle East

Donald Trump’s administration imposes a ban on passengers carrying electronics larger than cell phones aboard flights coming to the United States from 10 airports in eight countries, including Turkey.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY (MARCH 21, 2017) (REUTERS) – The Trump administration on Tuesday (March 21) imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming to the United States from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified terrorism threats.

The Department of Homeland Security said passengers travelling from those airports could not bring devices larger than a cellphone, such as tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras, into the main cabin. Instead, they must stay in checked baggage.

Travellers at Turkey’s Ataturk airport in Istanbul who were headed for non-U.S. destinations could be seen reclaiming their laptops after security scans.

The airports included in the list are located in Cairo, Egypt; Istanbul, Turkey; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Doha, Qatar; Casablanca, Morocco; Amman, Jordan; Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates.