A ban on US-bound passengers on flights on certain airlines from airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa bringing laptops, tablets, and cameras into airline cabins was prompted by intelligence about a possible terror threat, US officials say. Federal officials haven't been specific about the threat, though a source tells CNN that the ban was brought in after intelligence indicated that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was perfecting "battery bombs" powerful enough to bring down a plane and that could be hidden in electronic items. According to the Daily Beast's sources, this intelligence was seized during a US raid on Yemen in January. In other coverage:
- The UK introduced a similar ban on laptops and other electronics bigger than cellphones Tuesday, though with a slightly different list of countries, reports the AP, which has a list of the countries, airlines, and airports affected by the American and British bans.