Passengers travelling to the US on flights from eight different countries will be banned from carrying laptops, iPads, cameras and most other electronics in their carry-on luggage. The reason for the ban is not immediately clear. The ban was revealed on Monday in statements from Royal Jordanian Airlines and the official news agency of Saudi Arabia. It will apply to non-stop flights to the US from 10 international airports serving the cities of Cairo in Egypt; Amman in Jordan; Kuwait City in Kuwait; Casablanca in Morocco; Doha in Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul in Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, according to a US official. Royal Jordanian said mobile phones and medical devices were excluded from the ban.
SHARJAH: The Minister of Tolerance, Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, said that UAE's leaders strive to achieve a successful and prosperous future for the country, to keep abreast with the global developments in knowledge and technology, as well as to adopt the cutting-edge technology and practices in all spheres of life. This came during the opening speech of the 18th edition of Dar Al Khaleej's Annual Conference that was held on Saturday under the title "Artificial Intelligence Strategy in the UAE", in the presence of Khalid Abdullah Taryam, Chairman of Dar Al Khaleej for Press, Printing and Publishing, and Dr Yousef Al Hassan, an Emirati writer and thinker. "The conference's theme exactly reflects what the two late brothers (Taryam Omran Taryam and Dr. Abdullah Omran Taryam) were seeking to fulfill by enabling the community to be aware of the future developments and work hard to shape its features, so that the UAE will be able to contribute effectively to all the achievements global development," Sheikh Nahyan said. "The conference's discussion of Artificial Intelligence in UAE embodies what we learned from the founding leader late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his wisdom to use the latest in the world in terms of advanced systems and techniques. This approach has been continued under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Their Highnesses Rulers of the Emirates," Sheikh Nahyan said.
The United States lifted a ban Wednesday that required laptops and other electronic devices to be put in the luggage when flying on Emirates Airlines and Turkish Airlines. U.S. Homeland Security introduced the ban in March over concerns that the large devices could be used to smuggle explosives into the cabins of planes. "Emirates has been working hard in coordination with various aviation stakeholders and the local authorities to implement heightened security measures and protocols that meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's new security guidelines for all U.S. bound flights," the airline said in a statement Wednesday. The ban was put in place in March and restricted items such as laptop computers, tablets, cameras, travel printers and games bigger than a phone. The ban has affected foreign-carrier planes flying from 10 countries to America: Amman, Jordan; Cairo; Istanbul; Jidda and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia; Kuwait City; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It may not be necessary to expand a ban on laptops and other large electronics in the cabins of many international flights into the United States right now, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday. Homeland Security first banned laptops and other large electronics from the cabins of flights headed to the United States from 10 cities in March amid concerns about an undisclosed threat described only as sophisticated and ongoing. The current ban applies to nonstop flights to the United States from Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. An electronics ban affecting nonstop flights from Europe would impact as many as 400 daily flights carrying about 85,000 passengers.