Laptops, Other Electronics To Be Banned On Some US-Bound Flights

Royal Jordanian Airlines announced it would "strictly prohibit" electronic devices on its US -bound flights following a directive from the United States.

The tweet, posted March 20, said that "US departments" had issued instructions that from March 21, passengers on Royal Jordanian flights to and from the United States would be "strictly prohibited" from taking onboard electronic devices.

The prohibition is scheduled to begin Tuesday and involves Royal Jordanian flights to New York, Chicago and Detroit, according to an airline tweet. Then, sometime this afternoon, Royal Jordanian deleted that tweet, further adding to the confusion.

Jon Ostrower, an aviation reporter at CNN, posted Monday that the ban appears to affect not just Royal Jordanian, but more than a dozen Middle Eastern and African-based airlines flying to and from the U.S.

It is unclear which countries and airlines the ban will apply to, or how long the ban will be in place, but the official said no American carriers would be affected. "However, what seems certain is that Royal Jordanian wasn't misinterpreting some policy, but rather there's some intelligence that's about to change travel for a lot of people".

The Transportation Security Administration, which ensures that security meets USA standards at airports that send flights to the USA, and the Department of Homeland Security each said: "We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide any update as appropriate".

The Transportation Security Administration distributed the new rule in an email on Monday, The Guardian reported.

The restrictions will not apply to USA -based airlines but only to foreign carriers that operate flights from certain countries directly to US airports, according to officials, and will not apply on purely domestic flights. But the new temporary rules will restrict some devices to checked bags only.

Royal Jordanian didn't immediately respond to FP for immediate comment.

But it's not known which countries or airlines the directive will apply to, or how the ban will be enforced.