"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.
There was no immediate explanation for why the airline was taking the action beyond saying it was imposing the ban "following instructions from concerned USA departments". The directive is to ensure enhanced security measures at select airports for a limited duration. They said it applies on flights headed to the U.S., but not on Saudi-bound flights.
"We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide any update as appropriate", DHS tells FlightGlobal.
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At least two Middle Eastern airlines are telling passengers that laptops, tablet computers and other electronic devices are no longer allowed as carry-on items in flights headed to the USA, citing orders from United States authorities.
The Amman, Jordan-based carrier said that starting Tuesday, March 21 it will only allow phones and medical devices to be carried in the cabin of its flights.
A representative for Royal Jordanian Airlines was not immediately available for comment, but the airline's official social media account is actively responding to concerned travelers.
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In 2014, the Transportation Security Administration required some passengers to show their electronics could power up over concern explosives were hidden in the devices.
Royal Jordanian's tweet says the restrictions will apply to its flights to New York John F Kennedy, Chicago O'Hare, Detroit and Montreal.
The sole exceptions: cell phones, as well as medical devices needed during the flight.
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In its tweet, Royal Jordanian referenced "instructions from the concerned USA departments" but did not offer further details.
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