Ban on Electronic Devices on Planes Originated with Information Gleaned in Raid in Yemen

By Paul Riegler on 22 March 2017
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Qatar is one of the airlines impacted by the ban.

Qatar is one of the airlines impacted by the ban.

The new ban on carry-on electronic devices on airplanes on flights originating in multiple Muslim-majority countries originated with information collected from a U.S. commando raid in Yemen, which included detailed bomb-making techniques.

The U.S. government imposed new restrictions on larger devices such as laptops, tablets, digital cameras, and DVD players, was imposed Tuesday after new reports that terrorists might smuggle smaller bombs onto planes in such devices. The ban covers ten airports in eight countries: Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The U.K. instituted a similar ban.

The airlines that are affected by the ban include EgyptAir, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Turkish Airlines.   U.S. airlines are not affected because none fly to the United States from the airports in question.

The devices must be packed in checked luggage, officials at the Department of Homeland Security told reporters Monday. The bombs would have to be triggered manually, authorities said, hence the need to keep such devices in the hold.

This is not the first time that authorities have suspected that such devices might be used as bombs to bring down an airliner. In July 2014, the agency briefly required passengers to demonstrate that their electronic devices including mobile phones could be powered on before allowing passengers to board flights to the United States.

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