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DHS Issues New Rules For Most Portable Electronics On U.S.-Bound Flights From 10 Airports

Devices must be packed in travelers’ luggage 3/21/2017 11:30:00 AM Eastern

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said U.S.-bound travelers from 10 airports will no longer be permitted to carry onto planes personal electronic devices that are “larger than a cellphone.”

DHS failed to provide a strict size guideline, noting only, “Smartphones are commonly available around the world, and their size is well understood by most passengers who fly internationally.” Lisa Farbstein, Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman, told TWICE that affected items include, but are not limited to, laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, portable DVD players, electronic games, travel printers/scanners and radios.

The designated devices must be packed in the traveler’s luggage. Airports were given 96 hours to comply with the rule, which will last indefinitely. The affected airports are located in Muslim-majority countries and include:

*Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan;
*Cairo International Airport in Cairo, Egypt;
*Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey;
*King Abdul-Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia;
*King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia;
*Kuwait International Airport in Farwaniya, Kuwait;
*Mohammed V Airport in Nouasseur, Morocco;
*Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar;
*Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and
*Abu Dhabi International Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The DHS said it’s implementing the policy because it has “reason to be concerned about attempts by terrorist groups to circumvent aviation security, and terrorist groups continue to target aviation interests.”

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