Laptops, Other Electronics To Be Banned On Some US-Bound Flights

Laptops, Other Electronics To Be Banned On Some US-Bound Flights

Royal Jordanian Airlines announced it would "strictly prohibit" electronic devices on its US -bound flights following a directive from the United States.

The edict, which could be announced as early as Tuesday by the Homeland Security Department, follows an unspecified terror threat, a U.S. security official said.

The reason for the new measure is, apparently, safety, although that does not easily tally with the exclusion of cell phones from the list of banned items.

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"Following instructions from the concerned U.S. departments, we kindly inform our dearest passengers departing to and arriving from the United States that carrying any electronic or electrical device on board the flight cabins is strictly prohibited", Royal Jordanian Airlines tweeted on their official account.

The United States is banning many common electronic devices from the cabin on inbound and outbound flights on more than a dozen Middle Eastern and African airlines. The Qatar Airways booking agent I talked to was clearly unaware of any potential electronics ban on her airline, for example.

Royal Jordanian airlines "jumped the gun", one official said, with an advisory Monday to passengers. We've reached out to Royal Jordanian and other Middle Eastern-based airlines for further details.

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Questions are being raised about whether passengers on some US flights might be facing new restrictions barring laptops and other electronics from being brought onboard in carry-on luggage.

It isn't clear which airlines received the new directive, but The Guardian reports that at least Royal Jordanian and Saudia Airlines are among the airlines affected.

THis announcement is effective starting with March 21, 2017, and the instructions will be applied to the NewYork, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal flights, the last two destinations served by a combined flight.

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