US to ban some airline passengers from carrying larger electronicsPor Orquidea Banes Mar 21, 2017
Only cell phones and approved medical devices would be excluded from the ban.
Royal Jordanian Airlines and Saudi Airlines both announced the change to customers, saying at the request of USA travel authorities, its passengers must obey the new rules starting Tuesday.
Royal Jordanian Airlines has already confirmed on Monday that it would "strictly prohibit" electronic devices on its USA -bound flights following a directive from the United States.
As of Monday afternoon, the Transportation Security Administration had not issued a warning banning the electronic devices listed by Royal Jordanian in its social media announcement.
Hours after it first tweeted the information, however, the tweet was deleted.
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.
Prohibited devices can be carried in checked baggage, though concerns have been raised about the fire risk posed by increased numbers of lithium batteries in aircraft holds.
A spokesperson for Homeland Security would not comment on the potential security precautions, but said the department would "provide an update when appropriate".
A USA government official said such a ban has been considered for several weeks.
The restrictions will not apply to US -based airlines but only to foreign carriers that operate flights from certain countries directly to USA airports, according to officials, and will not apply on purely domestic flights.
A terror threat could be behind a temporary ban on most electronic devices for flights into the United States from eight Middle Eastern countries. The U.S. House is set to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill that includes a banking provision opposed by many Democrats as a giveaway to large institutions.
An unnamed senior administration official told reporters that if airlines fail to comply, "we will work with the Federal Aviation Administration to pull their [operating] certificates and they will not be allowed to fly to the United States". The ban does not apply to flights to the affected airports, nor does it apply to airline employees. Beginning Tuesday, the ban will affect almost a dozen airports and countries in the Middle East.
About 50 flights a day, all on foreign carriers, will be impacted.
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