The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is considering to ban all carry-on laptops and other electronic devices in cabins of all flights from Europe to the United States for security purposes.

This rule change would represent an extension of previous regulations that were put in place in March this year, banning carry on laptops and tablets on flights from some Middle Eastern and African countries.

The rules have made it harder for travelers to enter the United States from Europe if they had dual citizenship in Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria.

The airports affected include those in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The move to expand the scope of the ban is being considered after the United States recently issued a new terror alert in May for its citizens travelling to Europe in light of recent terror attacks in Britain, France and Sweden. It focused on the threat in Europe at winter holiday festivals, events and outdoor markets.

The ban was put in place after intelligence agencies reported that the Islamic State are now thinking of hiding improvised explosives or a small bomb in portable electronic devices.

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