Tuesday, March 21, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 21, 2017

DW: US bans large electronics on some flights from Middle East, Africa

US officials are placing restrictions on passengers' carry-on items for some flights from the Middle East and North Africa. Items larger than a mobile phone would be banned due to unspecified security concerns.

US President Donald Trump's administration confirmed on Tuesday that it is imposing new restrictions on travelers coming into the United States from 10 airports located mainly in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Department of Homeland Security will now require people flying to the United States from airports in eight countries - Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Morocco and Qatar - to check electronic devices larger than a cell phone such as tablets, laptops, cameras and portable DVD players.

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