U.S., U.K. require airline passengers from multiple countries to pack electronics

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The U.S. and U.K. governments announced today that passengers from select airports flying into those countries may not carry on almost all electronic devices. Newsweek takes a look at the details and suggests that

officials would not say when the ban would end. The officials also would not say whether the ban is in response to a specific threat or piece of intelligence.

The Intercept thinks that’s a bunch of bull. It suggests raw politics are in play, noting that

The impact of this move will instead fall on nine airlines including Gulf-based carriers that U.S. airlines have been asking President Trump to punish since the day after his election.

The U.S. carriers have long complained that Gulf carriers such as Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways are unfairly subsidized by their national governments.

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