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Trump is giving airlines only 96 hours to comply with the new ban for carrying on electronics

This affects flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries.

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The Trump administration issued a new travel restriction on bringing large electronics in carry-on luggage on direct flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries on Tuesday.

Devices such as laptops, DVD players, tablets and large gaming consoles will have to be kept in checked baggage, but smartphones and medical equipment will be allowed in carry-on bags.

Though the Department of Homeland Security cited no specific terrorist threats as reason for the restrictions on electronics, officals said in a press briefing that the ban relates to intelligence about potential attacks to airplanes headed to the U.S., according to multiple reports.

The airports affected are in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

None of these countries are included in the second iteration of the travel ban that affects citizens of six Muslim-majority countries that was signed by Trump earlier this month.

The electronics ban is for direct flights to the United States from these locations and does not apply to flights leaving the U.S.

The new directive was communicated to airlines via a memo that was circulated on Monday, according to the Guardian.

Airlines have 96 hours to comply with the electronics ban.

The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement shared with the BBC that it is concerned about the targeting of commercial aviation by terrorists, citing an attempt to bring down an airplane with a bomb built onto a laptop in Somalia in 2016 and the attacks against airports in Brussels and Istanbul.

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