Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Royal Jordanian warns about electronics prohibition on U.S. flights

Royal Jordanian warns about electronics prohibition on U.S. flights

USA authorities are allegedly requiring multiple countries' airlines to ban passengers of certain flights from bringing on nearly any electronic device, according to reports.

US government officials have temporarily banned most electronics on certain flights into and out of the country, according to Jordan's national air carrier.

Representatives for the Transportation Security Administration and the Trump administration have yet to confirm or deny the reports.

Royal Jordanian airlines "jumped the gun", one official said, with an advisory Monday to passengers.

The original tweet said the restrictions came "following instructions from concern USA departments".

Royal Jordanian Airlines told passengers on flights to and from the U.S. Monday that because of a directive from the U.S. government, no laptops and other electronic devices could be brought into the cabin of a plane.

The ban does not apply to cell phones or medical devices, but does include laptops, tablets, electronic games and cameras.

Royal Jordanian Airlines didn't specify which US departments instructed this ban, or specify whether the ban was temporary or permanent.

The ban would involve devices larger than mobile phones.

In a exceptionally rapid response, a DHS spokesman returned Quartz's emailed request for comment in 57 seconds, saying "We have no comment on potential security precautions".

The official told CNN that there is a security concern regarding passengers boarding non-stop flights to the US from some specific countries.

At least 12 Middle Eastern and African airlines will be affected "new security procedures", reported CNN aviation correspondent Jon Ostrower, citing a U.S. official. It is unclear which airlines are affected.

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