Passengers travelling from about a dozen countries will be barred from carrying most electronic devices on US-bound flights, officials tell US media. Airlines from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa will require passengers heading to the US to check laptops and tablets in the hold. The directive is reportedly the result of a security threat and could be announced as soon as Tuesday. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declined to comment on the issue. The Transportation Security Administration, which is part of Homeland Security, also refused to comment.
A spare electronics battery aboard a commercial flight started smoking and was extinguished by flight attendants Friday morning, Delta Air Lines Inc. DAL -1.39 % said, again prompting concerns over batteries' vulnerabilities on flights. The incident comes amid a recall of Samsung Electronics Co. SSNHZ 0.00 % Galaxy Note 7 smartphones due to battery fires. That device doesn't have a removable battery, so it likely wasn't related to Friday's incident. A Samsung spokesperson said the company has "received no information to indicate that this is related to a Samsung device."