According to Yahoo!, new aviation security measures implemented because of an ISIS-related threat are affecting airline travelers in several Middle Eastern and African countries.
The Department of Homeland Security banned all electronics bigger than a cellphone from the cabins of some direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries.
The specific airlines were reportedly not named in the briefing, but the measures were instated due to “substantiated” and “credible" threat information.
“I’ve spoken a couple times in the last week with the Department of Homeland Security about a new aviation threat," explained Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California. "We know that our adversaries, terrorist groups in the United States and outside the United States, seek to bring down a U.S.-bound airliner. That’s one of their highest value targets. And we’re doing everything we can right now to prevent that from happening.”
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