US Government Bans Large Electronics on Flights Originating in 13 Countries

According to CNN, an unnamed USA official said the ban is for a "limited duration" and applies to over a dozen Middle Eastern and African airlines besides Royal Jordanian.

Passengers flying from Detroit to Montreal Monday weren't allowed to carry certain electronic devices onto the plane because of "instructions" from the American government.

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

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

Middle East airlines are facing another threat to their long-haul operations, with signs that U.S. authorities have barred flag carriers from Saudi Arabia and Jordan - along with airlines from at least 11 other countries - from allowing passengers on board with any electronic device larger than a cell phone.

The Transportation Security Administration distributed the new rule in an email on Monday, The Guardian reported.

Royal Jordanian Airlines didn't specify which USA departments instructed this ban, or specify whether the ban was temporary or permanent.

United States authorities will soon begin enforcing a ban on travelers bringing electronics in carry-on luggage on some flights traveling to the US. It is unclear which airlines are affected.

A tweet from the airline's official account listed new rules for all passengers flying in and out of the US that spell horror for anyone who gets bored on long distance journeys.



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