Royal Jordanian warns about electronics prohibition on USA flights

Royal Jordanian warns about electronics prohibition on USA flights

The directive is reportedly the result of a security threat and could be announced as soon as Tuesday.

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.

CNN reported that US carriers will not be affected by the ban, which affects non-stop flights bound for the USA from certain countries. The restriction doesn't apply to cell phones or medical devices "needed during flight". If electronic devices couldn't be turned on, they weren't allowed in the cabin.

U.S. 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. It is not clear whether airline staff are also covered by these new restrictions.

The now-deleted statement said the ban "will be applied on the New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal flights". TSA confirmed Royal Jordanian's initial statement, but referred any further comment to the Department of Homeland Security.

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The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has a lengthy list of things that are prohibited from being brought onto planes, but electronic devices are not on it.

Al Riyadh newspaper, which is close to the Saudi government, reported that the civil aviation authority had informed "airlines flying from the kingdom's (Saudi) airports to US airports of the latest measures from USA security agencies in which passengers must store laptops and tablets" in checked in baggage.

The airlines have reportedly been given 96 hours to comply with the new rule.

Meanwhile people are responding to the Royal Jordanian post and seem super frustrated with the sudden rule change.

The announcement was made via Twitter Monday afternoon.

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