Royal Jordanian Airlines reportedly bans all electronic devices from carry-on luggage
Mar 21 2017
The news comes after Royal Jordanian and Saudi Arabia's Saudia Airlines told passengers they could no longer take items like laptops and tablets on US-bound flights.
USA government officials have temporarily banned most electronics on certain flights into and out of the country, according to Jordan's national air carrier. Ban appears to apply to 13 countries for next 96 hours. Then, sometime this afternoon, Royal Jordanian deleted that tweet, further adding to the confusion.
The original tweet said the restrictions came "following instructions from concern U.S. departments".
Royal Jordanian airlines told passengers today on Twitter that it will begin prohibiting electronic devices in the passenger cabin, with the exception of medical devices and mobile phones, on all flights to and from the United States.
The ban Royal Jordanian referenced may be part of a larger crackdown by USA authorities on electronics devices on flights coming from several countries.
Meanwhile people are responding to the Royal Jordanian post and seem super frustrated with the sudden rule change.
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 official told CNN that there is a security concern regarding passengers boarding non-stop flights to the US from some specific countries.
According to a number of media reports, a "confidential" memo was sent by the US Transportation Security Administration to the affected airlines on March 20.
According to an Associated Press report, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly talked to lawmakers over the phone on the weekend to brief on a security issue, thought to have in part prompted the incoming ban. It's unclear which countries and airlines are actually affected by this, for example.
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