Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Personal electronics banned on flights to the United States from 13 countries

Personal electronics banned on flights to the United States from 13 countries

In a statement released Monday, the airline cited "instructions from concerned USA departments" as the reason it wouldn't allow passengers to carry electronics on their person during flights to and from the United States. The tweet was deleted several hours later. The ban comes into effect starting March 21 and airlines are expected to comply within 96 hours.

The ban is said to be for a limited period which was not specified.

In a statement, Royal Jordanian said it would ban all laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games from being taken into the passenger cabin.

The Transportation Security Administration, which ensures that security meets USA standards at airports that send flights to the USA, and the Department of Homeland Security each said: "We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide any update as appropriate".

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. It is unclear which airlines are affected.

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.

Meanwhile people are responding to the Royal Jordanian post and seem super frustrated with the sudden rule change.

One of the leading Middle East airlines has abruptly told passengers they can not take electronic devices on flights to or from the US.

Among the airlines affected, however, are Saudia and Royal Jordanian - which tweeted the notice it received from US authorities nearly immediately after receiving it. Worldwide carriers Saudia, Qatar Airways, and Lufthansa didn't immediately return requests for comment. They said it applies on flights headed to the United States, but not on Saudi-bound flights.

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