4 airports remain under laptop ban

AFPWASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — Four airports remain under a ban for carry-on laptops on U.S.-bound flights, imposed amid fears that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is developing a bomb concealed in personal electronics, officials said Tuesday.

The ban remains in place for Saudi Arabia’s two main international airports, in Riyadh and Jeddah, as well as Egypt’s Cairo International and Morocco’s Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, the Department of Homeland Security said.

Six others across the Middle East have been removed from the ban, originally put in place on March 21, after improving security procedures.

The ban requires travellers to pack all personal electronic devices larger than cellphones in luggage stored in the aircraft’s baggage compartment.


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