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Feds temporarily ban electronics on certain flights to US

21 March, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Paula Vaughn
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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.

Royal Jordanian says in a tweet that following "instructions from the concerned U.S. departments", passengers on Royal Jordanian's flights to and from the United States of America are prohibited from "carrying any electronic device on board the flight cabins" effective 21 March.

Royal Jordanian said the electronics ban affected its flights to New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal.

According to numerous reports, U.S. authorities today alerted a number of Middle Eastern and African airlines that starting soon, their passengers will have to check any electronic items larger than a cell phone.

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The ban does not apply to mobile phones or medical devices, but does include laptops, tablets, electronic games and cameras, according to reports. Then, sometime this afternoon, Royal Jordanian deleted that tweet, further adding to the confusion.

In an emailed statement to Business Insider, the Department of Homeland Security wrote, "We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide an update when appropriate".

The Transportation Security Administration referred inquiries to the Department of Homeland Security.

According to CNN, an unnamed U.S. official said the ban is for a "limited duration" and applies to over a dozen Middle Eastern and African airlines besides Royal Jordanian. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, the only two U.S. carriers which operate to the Middle East, decline to comment. The TSA referred all questions to the DHS. This ban, like the earlier one, has been halted by a court.

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