Device cabin ban on some U.S. flights from Mideast

On Monday, Royal Jordanian Airlines abruptly announced on Twitter that it received "instructions from the concerned USA departments" that passengers can't carry any electronic devices bigger than a cell phone onto its flights into or from the United States. "Following instructions from the concerned U.S. departments", the airline tweeted, all electronics are banned on US-bound flights, with an exception for cellphones and medical devices.

The United States is banning many common electronic devices from the cabin on inbound and outbound flights on more than a dozen Middle Eastern and African airlines.

Royal Jordanian Airlines didn't specify which USA departments instructed this ban, or specify whether the ban was temporary or permanent.

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 any update as appropriate", DHS tells FlightGlobal.

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

The prohibition will begin starting with flights departing to and arriving from New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal. The statement did not mention which government agency ordered the new measures and why they're in place.

Until the DHS chooses to comment, we won't know what triggered the ban.

A tweet from the airline's official account listed new rules for all passengers flying in and out of the USA that spell horror for anyone who gets bored on long distance journeys.

It is not immediately clear if the restriction on electronic devices applies to other airlines.

JFK-based representatives of Dubai's Emirates Airline and Doha-based Qatar Airways said they had not heard of any changes.

  • Larry Hoffman