Early Tuesday morning, the Department of Homeland Security revealed new rules for certain airline passengers, banning them from bringing personal electronic devices on board the plane. Passengers flying from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries would have to leave their laptops in checked bags.
Here's what you need to know.
Before we get to how this affects me, what are the new rules?
Passengers flying from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries to the United States will not be allowed to carry on electronic devices larger than a cell phone. They'll have to leave them in checked baggage. Airlines were notified of the rules at 3 a.m. Tuesday and have 96 hours to comply.
The airports are in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
What airports are affected?
- Queen Alia International Airport (Jordan)
- Cairo International Airport (Egypt)
- Ataturk International Airport (Turkey)
- King Abdulaziz International Airport and King Khalid International Airport (Saudi Arabia)
- Kuwait International Airport
- Mohammed V International Airport (Morocco)
- Hamad International Airport (Qatar)
- Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport (UAE)
I've heard this is a 'laptop ban.' Is my tablet/game console/camera OK?
Nope, unless those things are smaller than a smartphone. Medical devices are allowed.
What's behind the ban?
U.S. officials said intelligence reports indicate terrorists are targeting flights by trying to smuggle bombs in electronic devices. In one instance, a bomb that might have been hidden in a laptop exploded on a flight from Mogadishu, Somalia, to Djibouti, The Washington Post reports.
What airlines does this affect?
Only Middle Eastern airlines are affected. There are no direct U.S.-bound flights from any of these airports to the U.S.
If the airlines don't comply, they may lose their authorization to fly to the U.S., a senior U.S. official told CNN Money.
How long does this last?
While the ban was initially described as indefinite, DHS spokesman David Lapan said it is set to run through October 14. It could be extended if the terror threat persists.
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