* Devices larger than phones to be stowed with baggage
* Restrictions apply to 10 airports
* New directive takes effect from March 25
(Adds Department of Homeland Security, Etihad, Qatar Airways
By Alexander Cornwell
DUBAI, March 21 New U.S.restrictions on
passengers carrying electronics on some flights to the United
States will be in place initially for nearly seven months before
it is reviewed.
An Emirates spokeswoman said on Tuesday the
airline understood that "the directive comes into effect on 25
March 2017 and is valid until 14 October 2017."
A U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokeswoman
termed that date "a placeholder for review" of the rule.
The United States will this week restrict passengers
travelling from Middle East airports in eight countries from
carrying electronic devices larger than a mobile phone on board.
Passengers will instead have to stow larger devices such as
tablets and laptops with their checked baggage.
The rule has been imposed because of unspecified security
Earlier, DHS said the procedures would "remain in place
until the threat changes" and did not rule out expanding to
other airports if circumstances changed.
The restrictions apply to airlines flying direct to the
United States from airports in Muslim-majority countries Jordan,
Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait,
Morocco and Qatar.
The airports affected are in Amman, Cairo, Kuwait City,
Doha, Dubai, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Casablanca, Morocco; Riyadh
and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, EgyptAir and Turkish Airlines
also said Tuesday they were subject to the ban. Saudi
Arabian Airlines (Saudia) and Royal Jordanian said
Monday they were applying the restrictions.
Other Middle East carriers Royal Air Maroc and
Kuwait Airways are also expected to be impacted.
The restrictions will not affect any U.S. airline as they do
not fly to the ten airports.
(Additional reporting by Victoria Bryan in London, David
Shepardson in Washington; Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)