Ban aimed at electronics in cabins of some US-bound flights

Ban aimed at electronics in cabins of some US-bound flights

A spokesman for Royal Jordanian says the airliner has not yet started to enforce a new USA regulation that prevents passengers on US -bound flights from eight countries, including Jordan, from bringing laptops and most other electronics in their carry-on luggage.

The government-backed airline operates daily flights from Dubai International Airport to multiple American cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington.

United Arab Emirates carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways told Reuters they had not been advised of any new restrictions on carrying electronic devices on U.S. flights.

Homeland Security officials confirmed the news late on Monday, hours before the new enhanced security regulations began to roll out. The selection process wasn't focused on any one location or country, said an official on the call, adding that the government was "addressing the threat and how it's perceived".

In July 2014, the Homeland Security Department stepped up security of USA -bound flights, requiring tougher screening of mobile phones and other electronic devices and requiring them to be powered up before passengers could board flights to the United States. Royal Jordanian Airlines tweeted about the ban Monday, telling passengers that medical devices would also be allowed onboard with passengers. All other electronics would be "strictly prohibited".

Passengers on those certain flights flying out of a specific list of airports in the Middle East and elsewhere will be banned from taking certain electronics on board the plane.

There have been numerous attacks involving airports in recent years.

Dubai International is the world's busiest airport for international flights. The alleged bomber was the only fatality for the pilot managed to land plane. "It makes it hard to plan, both for us and for the travelers we're trying to help here", said Max Schleusener, one of the attorneys who have been stationed at O'Hare to help people coming from the countries affected by President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration and travel.

Zack Whittaker can be reached securely on Signal and WhatsApp at 646-755-8849, and his PGP fingerprint for email is: 4D0E 92F2 E36A EC51 DAAE 5D97 CB8C 15FA EB6C EEA5. Saudia operates USA flights from the two cities. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which screens air passengers prior to travel, would not rule out changes to pre-flight screening in United States airports in the near future.

Saudi Arabia is also expected to be affected by the ruling as are some other countries from the Middle East.

Al Riyadh newspaper, which is close to the Saudi government, reported that the civil aviation authority had informed "airlines flying from the kingdom's (Saudi) airports to USA airports of the latest measures from U.S. security agencies in which passengers must store laptops and tablets" in checked-in baggage. Thefts from baggage would skyrocket, as when Britain tried a similar ban in 2006, he said, and some laptops have batteries that can catch fire - an event easier to detect in the cabin than in the cargo hold.