The US Department of Homeland Security issued an order the ban of all electronic devices larger than a cell phone from being carried on on certain flights. The ban affects nine national airlines based in eight Muslim-majority countries but only if the flights are direct to the United States from any of these ten countries.
The airlines affected by this ban are EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudia and Turkish Airlines. This will affect some of the busiest airports in the world including Cairo International Airport in Egypt, Queen Alia International in Amman, Jordan, Kuwait International, Mohammed V International in Doha, Qatar, King Adbulaziz International in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, King Khalid International in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey, Abu Dhabi International in the UAE and Dubai International in the UAE.
This ban is in response to credible intelligence warning that a terrorist group is attempting to create explosive devices that can be hidden in electronic devices. Qatar Airways announced that they would provide laptops for business class passengers on flights to the US.
The United Kingdom has put an identical ban in place but included flights from Lebanon and Tunisia as well. With a large number of direct flights to the United Kingdom from the countries on the list the ban will also affect Atlasglobal, British Airways, easyJet, Jet2.com, Middle East Airlines, Monarch, Pegasus Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and Tunisair. There are no direct flights to the US from Lebanon or Tunisia.