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U.S. and Britain ban laptops and tablets on flights from certain Middle Eastern and African countries

U.S. and Britain ban laptops and tablets on flights from certain Middle Eastern and African countries

U.S. officials, citing intelligence information about terrorist threats, have banned electronic devices larger than a smartphone in the passenger cabins of international flights to the U.S. from eight Middle Eastern and African countries.

Shortly afterward, Britain announced a similar ban.

The airlines that serve the eight countries — Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Morocco — were given 96 hours to implement the U.S. ban, starting Tuesday morning, according to senior U.S. administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The British government

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