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U.S. bans big electronic items on flights from 8 countries

Mar 21, 2017, 5:59 AM EDT
(Source: Eric Silva/flickr)
(Source: Eric Silva/flickr)

Alarmed by an intelligence input from overseas, the U.S. announced a ban on carrying electronic devices, excluding phones, on inbound flights originating from twelve mainly Middle Eastern and North African countries. The order will impact the functioning of nine airlines operating from 10 airports.

The restriction comes on the heels of a federal court verdict that blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban on the ground that it didn’t align with the country’s constitution by disfavoring a particular religion, writes Al Jazeera.

According to the sources in the U.S. government, the authorities have been deliberating such a ban for weeks, notes the BBC. However, critics have raised questions on the selectivity of the security measure as it picks only a few airports for imposing the ban. Trevor Jensen, an aviation consultant and former airline captain, said he was skeptical about the credibility of the security threat, given the lack of supporting evidence for now. 

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