Passengers traveling to the US from certain countries will no longer be allowed to bring carry their laptops, tablets and other portable electronic devices with them on their flights, according to new rules set to go into effect Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Royal Jordanian announced that passengers would no longer be permitted to carry electronic devices in airline cabins beginning on March 21. The only devices to be excluded from the ban are cell phones and medical devices needed during the flight. It's not clear whether the ban reflects concerns about an imminent security risk, but it is making waves among big carriers that fly to and from the United States.
USA authorities will no longer allow travelers from 13 African and Middle Eastern countries to bring computer and laptops into airplane cabins anymore, two news agencies have reported.
The airline serves New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, as well Montreal and Detroit.
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The Royal Jordanian tweet specifically mentions laptops, cameras, DVD players, and gaming devices as banned at the request of "the concerned U.S. departments". Royal Jordanian's flights to Montreal, which now continues on to Detroit, would also be affected.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has a lengthy list of things that are prohibited from being brought onto planes, but electronic devices are not on it.
The airlines have reportedly been given 96 hours to comply with the new rule.
The announcement was made via Twitter Monday afternoon.