U.S. adds new restrictions on travelers from eight countries

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U.S. adds new restrictions on travelers from eight countries

Postby Greg on Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:38 am

Passengers traveling to the United States from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries will be prohibited from bringing laptops, tablets and other portable electronic devices on board with them when they fly, according to new rules set to take effect Tuesday.

Fliers can still travel with these items, but they must be packed in their checked baggage. The ban will remain in place indefinitely, federal officials said.

But a statement from Dubai-based Emirates, whose U.S. routes are among those affected by the new order, said the directive will be in place from Saturday at least until Oct. 14. It was not immediately clear whether that date could see changes in the restrictions, which cover eight countries including busy transit hubs in Istanbul, Dubai and Doha, Qatar.

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