United States authorities are planning to ban passengers travelling on certain US-bound foreign airline flights from taking electronic devices larger than mobile phones on board in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, a U.S. government official has said.
Warn your clients: Royal Jordanian just banned all portable electronic devices for flights departing to and arriving from the United States from its cabins during flights.
The Amman, Jordan-based carrier said that starting Tuesday, March 21 it will only allow phones and medical devices to be carried in the cabin of its flights.
That means passengers on these flights will have to put their laptops, tablets, Kindles and portable game consoles into their checked baggage for the foreseeable future.
The restrictions would apply to flights coming from some North African and Middle Eastern countries, according to CNN. It is not clear whether airline staff are also covered by these new restrictions.
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". Another US administration official says this covers devices larger than a cellphone. Royal Jordanian's flights to Montreal, which now continues on to Detroit, would also be affected.
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USA officials made no public announcement about the change and have declined to comment, but word of the ban was made public in a tweet from officials at Royal Jordanian Airlines on Monday.
A congressional aide told the Associated Press Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly informed lawmakers of security issues related to the upcoming electronics ban over the weekend.
A tweet sent by Royal Jordanian about the policy has since been removed.
The Transportation Security Administration distributed the new rule in an email on Monday, The Guardian reported.
In its tweet, Royal Jordanian referenced "instructions from the concerned USA departments" but did not offer further details.