Enlarge / A commercial airliner flies over the Kuwait City on January 11, 2017, after taking off from Kuwait’s International Airport. (credit: YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)
The US Department of Homeland Security has revealed further details today on its decision to ban most electronic devices from the cabins of certain US-bound flights.
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.
“Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,” explains a DHS fact sheet distributed to reporters.

The agency will impose “aviation security enhancements” requiring any device larger than a cell phone to be put in checked baggage at 10 selected airports worldwide—that’s down from reports yesterday, which indicated up to 13 airports could be affected.

The banned devices include laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, portable DVD players, and any electronic game bigger than a smartphone.
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