United States (U.S) confirms the imposed ban on large electronic devices on flights from nine airlines of eight Muslim majority countries, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced on Tuesday.
EgyptAir is included in the decision, along with Royal Jordanian, Turkish airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways (Emirati airline), Royal Air Maroc, Kuwait Airways and Qatar Airways.
The ban is reportedly set to continue for seven months. Electronic devices larger than a cell phone will be checked with the baggage and none to be allowed on cabins.
Citing U.S officials, BBC reported that airlines had been given 96 hours to implement the decision. The Homeland Security said that terrorists are seeking new ways to bring down jets and bombs can be hidden in any of the electronic devices.
Prior to the official announcement of the decision, media reported that U.S. authorities have reportedly required airlines from 13 countries to ban passengers from having any electronic devices larger than a cell phone. However, the affected airlines are only nine.