All passengers traveling to the United States from 10 airports in eight Muslim countries will be prohibited from bringing laptops, tablets and other portable electronic devices on board with them when they fly, according to new rules set to go into effect Tuesday.
To travel with these items, the devices must be packed in their checked baggage. The ban will remain in place indefinitely, federal officials said.
Senior administration officials said the rules were prompted by “evaluated intelligence” that terrorists continue to target commercial aviation by “smuggling explosives in portable electronic devices.”
Under the restrictions, travelers to the United States from 10 Middle Eastern airports will be required to put all personal electronic devices larger than a cellphone or smartphone in their checked baggage.
U.S. airlines are not affected by the ban because none offer direct U.S.-bound flights from the affected airports.
The affected airports in eight countries are Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Officials said the airports were selected based on the “current threat picture.”