US Government Bans Large Electronics on Flights Originating in 13 Countries

"Following instructions from the concerned U.S. departments, we kindly inform our dearest passengers departing to and arriving from the United States that carrying any electronic or electrical device on board the flight cabins is strictly prohibited", the statement reads.

The US government may have barred passengers from bringing any electronic device larger than a cellphone on board certain flights to and from the Middle East and Africa.

On Monday, Royal Jordanian Airlines tweeted an extensive description of an electronics ban implemented by the United States government. Abdulrahman H. Alfahad, who appears to be an executive at Saudia Airlines based on his other social media accounts, posted on a personal twitter account that a directive was given for passengers on flights originating from 13 countries.

A USA official told CNN the directive would be for a limited duration, applies to some Middle Eastern and African countries, and is meant to ensure extra security measures at specific airports. It is not clear whether airline staff are also covered by these new restrictions.

USA authorities have issued a carry-on ban on electronics and liquids on airlines departing to and arriving from 13 countries in the Middle East and Africa.

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. But the airline deleted the tweet a few hours later.

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No other airlines had issued any statements or new passenger guidance by late afternoon Monday.

Last year, the Department of Transportation banned the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone because a number of devices caught fire, several on planes.

Royal Jordanian did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cabin rules for flights under US jurisdiction are typically set by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

The prohibition will begin starting with flights departing to and arriving from New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal.

Royal Jordanian made no further comment on the tweet and placed nothing about the new rules on its website.

  • Desiree Holland