Airlines that fly from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa to the U.S. must soon require passengers to check in almost all electronic devices rather than carry them into the cabin, a U.S. official said.
The official said this will impact some airlines flying into the United States. Another U.S. administration official says this covers devices larger than a cellphone.
An aviation official told CNN that there is a security concern regarding passengers boarding nonstop flights to the U.S. from specific countries. This relates to the "screening in [some] countries" for nonstop flights to the U.S.
They added that they believe a threat to the U.S. would be negated if a passenger transferred through a secondary city with additional and more trustworthy screening procedures. The directive is to ensure enhanced security measures at select airports for a limited duration.
In a written statement, the Department of Homeland Security said, "We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide any update as appropriate."
A State Department official says embassy officials have been notifying relevant countries and airlines.
Another U.S. official says the ban on some electronics is believed to be related to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula or AQAP. The intelligence community has been tracking this threat for some time, but the official said that some information from a recent U.S. Special Forces raid in Yemen contributed to the ongoing concern.
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