Royal Jordanian warns about electronics prohibition on USA flights

Cheryl Sanders
March 20, 2017

It adds that cell phones and necessary medical devices are exempt from the ban, but that laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic devices can only be carried in checked baggage.

"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".

Cabin rules for flights under US jurisdiction are typically set by the US Federal Aviation Administration. "We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide an update when appropriate", spokesperson Gillian Christensen told Foreign Policy.

Questions are being raised about whether passengers on some USA flights might be facing new restrictions barring laptops and other electronics from being brought onboard in carry-on luggage.

The Royal Jordanian tweet specifically mentions laptops, cameras, DVD players, and gaming devices as banned at the request of "the concerned United States departments". Of a dozen foreign airlines contacted Monday afternoon, Royal Jordanian was the only one to publicly detail such a prohibition on electronics.

The airline serves New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, as well Montreal and Detroit.

The new rule on electronics follows a revised order by the USA government to ban travel to the U.S. by citizens of several Muslim-majority countries.

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. IATA did not immediately comment.

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