U.S. Bans Large Carry-On Electronics on Flights from Eight Muslim-Majority Countries

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The ticketing and check-in counters for Emirates airlines appears quiet inside the terminal on March 21, 2017 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Passengers traveling to the United States from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries will be prohibited from bringing laptops, tablets and other portable electronic devices on board with them when they fly. (Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that passengers traveling to the United States on foreign airlines from eight Muslim-majority countries may no longer bring laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices in their carry-on bags. The White House called the measures, which airlines must put in place by Friday, necessary to address threats from terrorist groups that might plant explosives in the devices. The U.K. announced a similar ban covering six Muslim majority countries hours later. We discuss the ban and its potential impacts.

Guests:

Alex Davies, senior associate editor, WIRED

Richard Bloom, chief academic officer and director of terrorism, intelligence, and security studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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