How laptop ban on international flights could impact you

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The new ban restricts passengers on certain flights originating in 8 Muslim majority countries from bringing electronics larger than a cell phone aboard a flight to the United States.

Items like laptops,IPads, and cameras must now be put into checked-in baggage aboard these flights..

The ban, according to U.S officials, is a way to tighten airline security.

"Senior administration officials told us that evaluated intelligence showed that terrorists are still trying to attack commercial airliners and airports, and that they're coming up with innovative ways to pack explosives into consumer electronic devices,” said Mark Albert, Editor in Chief for The Voyage Report.

Right now it would only affect travelers coming back from airports the ban list of cities, including places like Cairo, Egypt, Istanbul, Turkey, or Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

No United States airline like Delta, American, or United fly non-stop to or from those countries. However, Middle Eastern airlines that fly to the U.S are affected.

“All the international carriers would put the information on their reservation system, anyone who has a flight coming back into U.S would in all likelihood be cued by the airline at check-in,” said Tom Miller, Director of Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay.

With spring break, and also summer break on the horizon, travelers in Northeast Wisconsin should still prepare.

"If you're looking to get away from Green Bay and you're going to drive let's say to Chicago and get on an international flight, when you come back into the United States, from and Middle Eastern or North African country covered by this ban you will be affected,” said Albert.

Even devices with lithium batteries will need to go in your checked baggage.

"So certainly you're going to have to plan ahead, you're going to have to put these items in your checked luggage, get a TSA approved luggage lock so that you can make sure your valuables aren't stolen, and of course have a lot of patience,” said Albert.

Last year, the FAA issued a warning about having lithium batteries in the cargo hold of an airplane. Since a lot of commercial electronic devices have lithium batteries U.S officials say they are working with the FAA to make sure this ban is not a safety threat to passengers.

As of now, U.S officials won't say how long the ban will last.



 
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