US to Introduce Restrictions for Travelers from Eight Middle Eastern Countries, including Turkey

Time: 2:31 p.m. CEST

The United States would introduce new rules on Tuesday that would affect passengers who travel from 10 airports in eight countries with majority of Muslim population. In the article U.S. unveils new restrictions on travelers from eight Muslim-majority countries, the Washington Post’s Lori Aratani writes that, “under the restrictions, travelers to the U.S. from 10 mostly Middle Eastern airports will be required to put all personal electronic devices larger than a cellphone or smartphone in their checked baggage.”

The measure is for the airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, selected as officials explained on the “current threat picture.” The Post names the airports, which are: Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), Cairo International Airport (CAI), Ataturk International Airport (IST), King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED), King Khalid International Airport (RUH), Kuwait International Airport (KWI), Mohammed V International Airport (CMN), Hamad International Airport (DOH), Dubai International Airport (DXB), and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).

According to the officials the ban will remain in place indefinitely, but a statement from Dubai said, the directive will be in place from Saturday until at least October 14. Royal Jordanian Airlines announced the news on Twitter, while U.S. officials did not comment, promising an update “when appropriate.” The airlines that would not respect new rules could loose authorization for work in the U.S., the Post writes.


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