Reports emerged yesterday that US government agencies e-mailed some airlines about a new requirement that they ban passengers from bringing devices larger than a cell phone into airplane cabins. Now, DHS has revealed certain details of how the new rules will work. It's still unclear just why the ban is being imposed now or the reasoning behind where it's being imposed.
The affected airports are: Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan; Cairo International Airport; Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul; King Abdul-Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Kuwait International Airport; Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca, Morocco; Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar; Dubai International Airport; and Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Security theater strikes again. Undoubtably people will be unaware or forget about this mandate and be forced to check their electronics. Why devices with internal batteries would be safer stowed in closer proximity to one another and away from where the crew can keep an eye on any emerging issues is anyones guess.
As for the poor people on these flights forced to travel halfway around the globe without their personal devices, this is criminal.