>> Traveling with that laptop? You may want to think twice. The US confirming Tuesday, new restrictions on electronic devices carried by travelers to the US from ten airports, mainly in the Middle East and North Africa, in response to unspecified terror threats. Reuters' transportation correspondent, David Shepardson.>> They've had reports for months about terrorist groups attempting, or planning, potentially, to smuggle explosive devices aboard aircraft through, are hidden in consumer electronics.
So, although there is no specific threat about a specific flight or route, this has been done out of an abundance of caution response to and after weeks and weeks of deliberations by the US government.>> The United Kingdom now following suit, banning similar devices on British and international carriers from eight countries.
Travelers from those regions now required to check anything larger than a cell phone including tablets, laptops and cameras. Nine airlines serving those airports, all in Muslim majority countries, have until Friday to comply with the rules as laid out by the Department of Homeland Security.>> There are about 250 airports worldwide where travelers come directly to the US, and this ban only affects ten.
And so, security experts say this certainly is not going to address all potential threats because people could certainly travel from any of those other airports to the US with those devices on them.>> The ban includes US citizens traveling on those flights, but doesn't affect crew members on those carriers.
US officials telling Reuters, the government learned of possible terror threats following a January raid in Yemen that targeted Al-Qaeda.