New rules preventing passengers from carrying laptops and tablets onto flights bound for the U.S. must be implemented by early Saturday, according to CNN
Dubai, the world’s busiest international airport, and its main carrier Emirates are scrambling to make sense of the new rules. Emirates is one of nine airlines at 10 airports across the Middle East and North Africa that need to roll out the U.S. ban on electronic devices larger than a smartphone in the cabin.
U.S. officials say intelligence shows that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and other terrorist groups, are perfecting techniques for hiding explosives in batteries and battery compartments. The U.K. has introduced similar restrictions for some flights from the region but omitted the big Gulf airports and carriers from its list.
People flying with Emirates to the U.S. via Dubai would be able to keep their devices for the first leg of their journey.
“They must then declare and hand over their laptops, tablets, and other banned electronic devices to security staff at the gate just before boarding their US-bound flight,” the airline said in a statement.