Royal Jordanian Airlines reportedly bans all electronic devices from carry-on luggage

Janie Parker
March 21, 2017

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. Given the energy capacity in a much larger laptop or tablet battery, it would be theoretically possible to turn into an explosive device.

Earlier in the day, Royal Jordanian announced that passengers would no longer be permitted to carry electronic devices in airline cabins beginning on March 21.

The Jordan-based carrier said that starting on Tuesday, it will only allow phones and medical devices on its flights.

American officials declined to comment publicly on the matter, but anonymous sources confirmed to NBC News that plans were in place to limit the use of electronics on certain flights.

Royal Jordanian Airlines has informed passengers of a similar ban coming into effect on Tuesday.

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"We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide an update when appropriate", said DHS spokesman David Lapan in an email.

Reuters reported on Monday evening that the usa planned to stop passengers from roughly a dozen countries from carrying such devices on us -bound flights.

A representative from Royal Jordanian could not be reached.

"Prohibited devices" like laptops, cameras, DVD players and video-game consoles could only be carried with checked luggage, the airline said. Fox News reported the rules apply to 13 foreign airports, and that the alert was caused by an increased volume of chatter by terrorist organizations.

The tweet has since been deleted from the airline's Twitter account, although a lively debate around the issue is continuing on the social media platform, with the hashtag #electronicsban.

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