Washington, – Passengers travelling on certain airlines from countries in the Middle East and Africa to the United States will no longer be allowed to carry-on some electronic devices with them, according to a new Homeland Security directive, ABC News reported.

The emergency rule specifically targets nine airlines operating flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight countries. Fliers will be banned from bringing electronic devices larger than a cellular phone aboard the plane with them, and must instead include objects like laptops, tablets and cameras in checked luggage.

“Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,” notes the Department of Homeland Security in a release explaining the order.

The department did not cite a specific threat in its explanation of the decision.

Homeland security did not provide an end date for the restrictions, saying only that they will “remain in place until the threat changes.” (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

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