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Electronics officially banned from cabin on some flights to U.S.

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airport wifi laptopPassengers on non-stop flights from 10 airports in eight majority-Muslim countries have been banned from carrying electronic devices larger than a mobile phone. That means passengers on these flights will have to put their laptops, tablets, Kindles and portable game consoles into their checked baggage.

The Department of Homeland Security said the restricted items included laptop computers, tablets, cameras, travel printers and games bigger than a phone. The restrictions would not apply to aircraft crews.

The new policy took effect at 3 a.m. E.D.T. on Tuesday, and must be followed within 96 hours by airlines flying to the United States from airports in Amman, Jordan; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia; Kuwait City; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Officials did not say how long the ban would remain in place or if other airports would be added.

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