TSA will ban flyers from 13 countries from bringing laptops, tablets onboard | 20 March 2017 | US authorities will no longer allow travelers from 13 African and Middle Eastern countries to bring computer and laptops into airplane cabins anymore, two news agencies have reported. The new rules were laid out in an e-mail sent to airlines today by the US Transportation Safety Administration. This is according to The Guardian, which was first to report on the matter. Cell phones will still be allowed, but anything larger--including laptops, tablets, and cameras--must be put in checked baggage. CNN, citing two unnamed "administration officials," confirmed the report.