Royal Jordanian Bans Electronic Devices From US Flights

The tweet, posted March 20, said that "US departments" had issued instructions that from March 21, passengers on Royal Jordanian flights to and from the USA would be "strictly prohibited" from taking onboard electronic devices.

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

An American official was reported by CNN to have told the network this was due to security concerns about passengers boarding direct United States flights from certain countries.

It adds that cell phones and necessary medical devices are exempt from the ban, but that laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic devices can only be carried in checked baggage. Royal Jordanian's flights to Montreal, which now continues on to Detroit, would also be affected.

The Transportation Security Administration distributed the new rule in an email on Monday, The Guardian reported.

The full list of 13 nations has not been released, but Jordan's Royal Jordanian and Saudi Arabia's Saudia airliners are included in the ban.

"We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide an update when appropriate", said David Lapan, a spokesman for the department of Homeland Security, told MONEY after the statement was deleted. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, the only two U.S. carriers which operate to the Middle East, decline to comment.

The TSA not immediately respond to a request for comment, or questions regarding the directive. While early reports suggested that this was a 96-hour ban, it now looks like the airlines will have 96 hours to comply with this order.

  • Anthony Vega