US lap­top ban on planes

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THE United States last night an­nounced a new swathe of tough se­cu­rity mea­sures.

Pas­sen­gers fly­ing to the US from 12 for­eign coun­tries will be banned from tak­ing elec­tronic de­vices in­clud­ing iPads, lap­tops and Kin­dles into plane cab­ins.

The ban, which au­thor­i­ties said was a re­ac­tion to an un­spec­i­fied ter­ror­ist threat, will be an­nounced to­day by the Home­land Se­cu­rity Depart­ment and will be ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately. It ap­ply to na­tional air­lines in Jor­dan and Saudi Ara­bia al­though it is un­clear what other coun­tries will be af­fected.

A US of­fi­cial said no Amer­i­can air­lines were im­pacted by the ban, which would pre­vent any de­vices larger than a mo­bile phone be­ing car­ried in hand lug­gage.

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