Terror Attacks – U.S. Bans Gadgets In Cabin From 8 Muslim-Majority Countries

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Mar 21 2017
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After signing a revised executive order banning foreign nationals from 6 Muslim-majority countries from travelling to the United States for 90 days, Trump administration now has a new surprise for travellers from Muslim countries. Up to 10 airports from 8 Muslim-majority countries will be affected by the latest ban.


Nope, this is not another travel ban but electronic gadgets ban. However, the impact is set to trigger unhappiness and upset travellers are expected to cry, whine and bitch about discrimination against Islam. The Department of Homeland Security will require electronic devices larger than a cell phone such as tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras to be checked in.

Airport Security - Remove Laptops and Large Items

What this means is passengers from the affected 8 Muslim-majority countries – Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates – are not allowed to bring those gadgets into the cabin. The restrictions apply to flights that 9 foreign airlines operate directly from 10 airports in the affected countries.


All the 10 airports, located in majority-Muslim countries, are served by 9 carriers that fly directly from those cities to the United States about 50 times a day – including big three Persian Gulf carriers, Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. Others include Royal Jordanian Airlines, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, and Royal Air Maroc.

Emirates Airline - In The Sky

The latest ban, however, will not affect American carriers simply because none fly directly to the United States from the airports. Still, it applies to U.S. citizens travelling on those flights, therefore, the ban isn’t discrimination at all. But the ban does not apply to crew members on those foreign carriers. The ban takes effect Tuesday, but airlines will have 96 hours to implement it.


CNN, citing an unnamed U.S. official, said the ban on electronics on certain airlines was related to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and that some information came from a recent U.S. special forces raid in Yemen. Reuters reported  that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer electronic devices.

US Special Ops - Special Force

Al-Qaeda has regularly published bomb-making advice in online journals and chat rooms to make the information on how to bring down planes widely available. The latest move could be a workaround to prevent terror attacks after President Trump’s revised travel ban was blocked by 2 U.S. judges – one in Hawaii and one in Maryland – who were clouded by hatred against Trump.


Unlike U.S. liberals who choose to protest for the sake of protest, airlines from the affected countries, including Saudi Arabia, have quickly moved to comply with the U.S.’ latest directive. Most of these Muslim countries are more concerned about ongoing interest in targeting commercial aviation than speculating on Trump’s discrimination against Muslim countries.

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Last year, Flight 804 to Cairo from Paris crashed shortly after entering Egyptian air space. Egyptian authorities said explosive residue has been found on bodies. In another terror attack last year, a bomb was smuggled past security at Mogadishu airport in Somalia. Only the bomber died when the device exploded soon after takeoff, puncturing the fuselage of the plane.


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