The head of the International Air Transport Association said Tuesday it's difficult to understand how banning electronic devices in carry-on baggage will improve flight security. In a prepared text of a speech, IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac calls on governments to work with the transport industry to ensure passengers aren't separated from their laptops, tablets and other devices.
A picture taken on February 15, 2016 shows the rooftops of old buldings in central Casablanca where poor locals have built shanty homes. AFP / FADEL SENNA Casablanca, Morocco: Shanties have mushroomed on the rooftops of historic apartment buildings in Casablanca, as the Moroccan city's once-prestigious centre crumbles below.
To boost aviation security against terrorist attacks, the Trump administration imposed an indefinite ban of electronic devices on all airlines flying directly from eight countries in the Middle East and Africa to the United States. The ban entails a total ban of electronic devices in the cabin.
The new safety rules introduced by the United States banning some electronic devices on flights from eight Middle East countries may be part of a trade war against government-funded airlines , the Washington Post reports . The electronics ban affects flights from worldwide airports in Amman , Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Cairo, Egypt; Istanbul , Turkey; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates .
The U.S. government, citing unspecified threats, is barring passengers on nonstop, U.S.-bound flights from eight mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries from bringing laptops, tablets, electronic games and other devices on board in carry-on bags. Passengers flying to the United States from 10 airports will be allowed only cellphones and smartphones in the passenger cabins, senior Trump administration officials said.
The DHS has advised some airlines that flights originating from some overseas airports will only be allowed to land in the USA if passengers are required to check any electronic device bigger than a phone in the hold. DHS says that this is because "evaluated intelligence" indicates that "terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items."
According to sources, electronic devices will be banned in the cabins of nine airlines operating non-stop flights to the U.S. from 10 airports. The news was disclosed early Monday in a tweet by Royal Jordanian Airlines: Beginning on Tuesday, passengers flying on the airline's New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Montreal routes will be prohibited from carrying their electronic devices on board with them.
RABAT: Moroccan authorities said on Friday they had arrested 15 people suspected of ties with Islamic State in the latest raid officials say targeted militant networks. The suspects had been active in Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangiers, and Agadir, among other cities, and were involved in inciting or threatening to carry out attacks, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by MAP state news agency.