Electronics Banned on Some Flights to US

Flights include those from Middle East, Africa

Today the United States will implement a temporary ban preventing airline passengers arriving on certain flights from carrying-on larger electronic devices.  The restrictions will reportedly impact nonstop flights to the U-S from several Middle East and North African countries. 

The heightened security measures affect flights originating from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries.

Beginning today, passengers on those flights must check all electronics bigger than a cell-phone - including iPads, laptops and cameras.

International travelers are already weighing in. "Those flights are long. People want to use that time to be productive," says Mary Tomich.

The ban impacts 9 foreign airlines, but does not apply to any American carriers.

"There's probably more flights coming from Middle East to New York and LA than any other airport, we could see somewhere between 3 and 7 a day that are affected by this ban," says airlines expert Brian Sumers.

While officials have not specified what prompted the move, sources tell CBS News it is based on intelligence gathered and not a specific threat.

 Mark Rosenker is former NTSB Chairman.  "They have good reason to believe that the possibility, not probability, but the possibility exists of a potential terrorist threat."

The news broke after Royal Jordanian Airlines posted a tweet informing travelers of the changes, but then later deleted it.  Fliers, however,  are ready to comply.

"We've got to protect The USA and make smart decisions about how we protect it," says traveler Danny Johnson.  "It's inconvenience, but we'll adapt and do what we need to do."

Cell phones and medical devices are excluded from the ban. 

A similar ban took place in 2014 when intelligence led to some electronics being banned on flights from Europe to the U.S.


(Hena Daniels, CBS News)

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