Far be it for me to call myself any sort of expert on counterterrorism efforts or in international diplomacy, but this whole situation is really starting to get out of hand. It's really starting to look like an expansion of the security theater we've been watching. As you may have heard, the United States is banning laptops and tablets and other "large" electronics on flights coming from specific airports, mostly in the Middle East and North Africa.

Travelers can still bring select "small" electronics with them as carry-on items, like smartphones, but anything remotely larger will have to go into checked luggage. This includes everything from laptops and tablets, even portable DVD players, cameras, and portable gaming devices. The new Nintendo Switch probably fits under this move to ban electronics too.

This follows the so-called Muslim ban that was instituted earlier this year. The airports named in the electronics ban include Cairo, Istanbul, Kuwait City, Doha (Qatar), Casablanca (Morocco), Amman (Jordan), Riyadh and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), and Dubai and Abu Dhabi (UAE). Apparently, this has to do with a supposed attempt to take down a plane using a "laptop bomb" in Somalia.

And it's not just flights bound to the United States that are being affected either. Canada is considering a similar restriction and it looks like Britain is too. The specifics vary, but the sentiment is fundamentally identical. The UK ban affects flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.


As if dealing with the regular stresses of flying weren't already enough...

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