Homeland Threat: U.S. Bans Electronics in Flight Cabins from Some Middle Eastern and African Countries

Homeland Threat: U.S. Bans Electronics in Flight Cabins from Some Middle Eastern and African Countries
Pre Electronics: The Smoking Section, making lungs black again, circa 1970s. (Photo Credit: YouTube)

I’m old enough to remember sitting just one row ahead of the “smoking section” on a flight from California to South Carolina as a teenager. Suffice it to say, the smoke was breathtaking (and not in a good way) and yet, somehow, I managed to survive the flight without an electronic device to seize my attention from the stench-filled cabin.

Fast forward several decades, where electronic devices are routinely employed in terrorist-laden nations like Syria as detonators or to embed bombs. And we’ve probably all heard about the EgyptAir flight filled with passengers that some speculate was brought down with the assistance of an electronic device hidden inside a soda can last year. Why am I rehashing these stories? Because late yesterday, reports surfaced that Jordan has banned electronic devices inside the cabins of flights headed to the United States, starting as early as today. But they’re not alone:

Airlines that fly from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa to the U.S. must require passengers to check in almost all electronic devices rather than carry them into the cabin, said a U.S. official.

The U.S. official said this will impact over a dozen airlines flying into the US. Another U.S. administration official says this covers devices larger than a cellphone.

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