People On Certain US-Bound Flights May Have To Check Electronics

The U.S. government is temporarily barring passengers on certain flights originating in eight countries from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and most other electronic items in carry-on luggage starting Tuesday.

An official announcement from the US Department of Homeland Security was expected.

The TSA order, which does not have a stated end date, covers laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, portable DVD players, and handheld gaming devices larger than a smartphone.

Royal Jordanian Airlines pointed out in a tweet that medical devices were excluded from the ban but said everything else would need to be packed into checked luggage.

The ban doesn't affect US airlines because none fly directly from the airports or countries involved.

The electronics ban impacts nine airlines that fly into the US from these cities on a daily basis.

Royal Jordanian Airlines said in a tweet on Monday that United States. -bound passengers would be barred from carrying most electronic devices aboard aircraft starting Tuesday at the request of U.S. officials. An official told CNN that one of the recent Yemen raids by U.S. Special Forces uncovered information that led the government to believe that this threat is critical and merits preventative action.

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

The airports affected are in Amman, Cairo, Kuwait City, Doha, Dubai, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Casablanca, Morocco; Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

"We continue to evaluate and put in place security measures both seen and unseen to address all aspects of this threat", a senior administration official said. Initially, US officials declined to comment on the report, saying only that they would provide an update "when appropriate".

When asked about the new electronic bans, Senator Sherrod Brown said, "I'm supportive of measures that I think keep us safe".

The airline deleted the tweet on Monday afternoon after it had been up for several hours. "It is applicable to all US -bound passengers from Dubai International Airport, whether originating or transiting through". Saudia and Royal Jordanian airlines are among those affected, but the full list has not yet been released.