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In one of the largest changes to air travel since the attacks of September 11th, electronic devices have now been banned on flights to United States airports from over 10 countries. The change comes amidst intelligence reports that ISIS has developed explosives small enough to fit within a laptop, iPad, or travel scanner. Affected are non-American operated flights out of airports in 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.
While a White House spokesman has commented that the ban does not necessarily reflect a specific threat towards the United States, hours after the announcement, the British Government issued a similar ban. Concerns have been raised about potential negative effects for the airline industry as passengers worry about being comfortable without the devices while aboard long flights. The ban, which went into effect early this morning, is the second ban with connections to Muslim countries in President Trump’s first two months in office.
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