U.S. authorities are planning to ban passengers travelling on certain US-bound foreign airline flights from carrying on larger electronic devices in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, a USA government official says.
Royal Jordanian Airlines is banning all electronic devices from flights to and from the United States, except for cellphones and medical devices.
The ban Royal Jordanian referenced may be part of a larger crackdown by United States authorities on electronics devices on flights coming from several countries.
In it, the TSA is said to have told the airlines that passengers traveling on flights to or from the U.S. should check any laptops, Kindles, iPads or similar devices into the hold. Ban appears to apply to 13 countries for next 96 hours.
The Qatar Airways booking agent I talked to was clearly unaware of any potential electronics ban on her airline, for example.
Representatives for the Transportation Security Administration and the Trump administration have yet to confirm or deny the reports.
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The airline tweeted and posted the announcement on Facebook.
Reuters reported on Monday evening that the usa planned to stop passengers from roughly a dozen countries from carrying such devices on us -bound flights. "However, what seems certain is that Royal Jordanian wasn't misinterpreting some policy, but rather there's some intelligence that's about to change travel for a lot of people".
The source said the rule would cover a dozen foreign airlines flying from about a dozen countries, including some from the Middle East, and would include airlines based in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. BuzzFeed News has reached out to other Middle Eastern and African airlines, and will update this article as responses come in.
Royal Jordanian did not immediately respond to a request for comment.