Middle Eastern Airlines Report Sudden US Ban On Laptops And Electronic Devices

Posted March 20, 2017

"Carrying any electronic or electrical device on board the flight cabins is strictly prohibited", the statement said, meaning that bringing out your iPad to watch a movie is apparently now a no-no on the carrier.

According to numerous reports, USA 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. The directive is to ensure enhanced security measures at select airports for a limited duration.

The US Department of Homeland Security has declined to comment on the guidance, but noted it would provide an update as appropriate.

"Fly to the United States with RJ now that you're allowed to", the ad read, along with a headline that crossed out "Ban" to say "Bon Voyage!"

In a statement released Monday, the airline cited "instructions from concerned US departments" as the reason it wouldn't allow passengers to carry electronics on their person during flights to and from the United States.

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

Prohibited devices include laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games.

The ban Royal Jordanian referenced may be part of a larger crackdown by USA authorities on electronics devices on flights coming from several countries.

It said the advice was based on information from "concerned US departments" but did not offer any further clarification.

"We will share any further information once shared with us", a spokesperson for Royal Jordanian Airlines said.

Royal Jordanian flies to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, as well Montreal and Detroit.

In 2014, the Transportation Security Administration required some passengers to show their electronics could power up over concern explosives were hidden in the devices.