The US has banned electronics on flights from 10 Middle Eastern and African airports

United States officials have issued a ban on all electronic items “bigger than a smartphone” for travelers taking direct flights from major Middle Eastern and African airports to the U.S, according to CNN. Under the ban, items such as e-readers, laptops and electronic gaming devices cannot enter the cabin and must be stored in the plane’s cargo hold.

The outlet reported that the nine airlines implicated in the ban — including Egyptair, Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Turkish Airlines — have been notified of the new policy and have 96 hours to implement the regulation.

A senior U.S. official told CNN if the airports and airlines don’t comply, they’ll be barred from flying into the country.

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Source: News Now/ News Mic / Associated Press

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.