Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Business | By Megan Pierce

Electronics banned from some flights to US

The official said no American carriers are impacted by the ban, which would involve devices larger than a cell phone.

Another US administration official says this covers devices larger than a cellphone.

Royal Jordanian says in a tweet that following "instructions from the concerned U.S. departments", passengers on Royal Jordanian's flights to and from the United States of America are prohibited from "carrying any electronic device on board the flight cabins" effective 21 March.

News of the ban landed Monday when Royal Jordanian Airlines said in a since-deleted tweet that it received a directive from "concerned USA departments" that passengers would not be permitted to bring any electronic items into the plane's cabin, except cellphones and medical devices.

The TSA bans spare or uninstalled lithium batteries from checked baggage, but not installed batteries, so passengers should be clear to check laptops and other electronic devices. Of a dozen foreign airlines contacted Monday afternoon, Royal Jordanian was the only one to publicly detail such a prohibition on electronics.

The restrictions would apply to flights coming from some North African and Middle Eastern countries, according to CNN.

"We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide an update when appropriate", said David Lapan, a spokesman for the department of Homeland Security, told MONEY after the statement was deleted.

An agent in the NY office had no knowledge of new carry-on restrictions affecting electronics, when reached by FlightGlobal.

Royal Jordanian didn't immediately respond to FP for immediate comment. In February, after a federal court temporarily froze the travel ban he ordered, the airline turned the ban into fodder for a cheeky advertisement.

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