CNN is reporting that the US government has ordered 9 Middle Eastern / North Africa airlines and 10 airport to make sure passengers check electronic devices in their luggage. The ban will take effect March 25, 2017.
Devices that must be checked include laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, game units larger than a smartphone, travel printers / scanners, and DVD players. The requirements don’t apply to smartphones, though particularly large ones may be restricted.
The complete list of airports is as follows:
Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The 9 airlines that operate direct flights to the U.S. from affected airports are:
Royal Air Maroc
Royal Jordanian Airlines
Saudi Arabian Airlines
Passengers will still be allowed to take electronic devices onto flights departing from the U.S however additional airports / airlines may may be added to the lists at a later point.
Medical devices required during the flight will still be allowed in the cabin after security screening.
Flight and cabin crews are not covered by the new restrictions.