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Explaining the TSA's laptop ban for travelers from several Middle Eastern and African countries




A Syrian woman travelling to the United States through Amman opens her laptop before checking in at Beirut international airport on March 22,2017.
A Syrian woman travelling to the United States through Amman opens her laptop before checking in at Beirut international airport on March 22,2017.
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The Department of Homeland security has new requirements for passengers on some airlines from several Middle Eastern and African countries.

Anything bigger than a cell phone must be packed away in a checked bag and will not be allowed on the flight.

This new rule was confirmed Tuesday morning by the Trump administration and has since been followed by similar rules for travelers from those countries going to the United Kingdom. It's already drawn outcry for unfair discrimination, but some believe that there is likely precedence for this sort of rule from the TSA.

Guest:

Alex Davies, transportation reporter for WIRED