Is US Banning Large Electronics On Flights from Middle East?.

Posted in travel | March 2017

 PHOTO: Are laptops now a no-no on flights between the U.S. and Middle East? (Photo via Flickr/Andrew_Writer

It’s possible that the United States just banned electronic devices larger than a cell phone from Middle East Airlines flying to and from the U.S., with unconfirmed reports saying that’s exactly what happened—based on a tweet and Facebook post, both since deleted.

Royal Jordanian Airlines earlier Monday tweeted that passengers on flights to and from the U.S. could not bring electronic devices into the cabin of a plane bigger than a cell phone. That includes laptops, tablets, portable DVD players, some children’s’ video games and more.

Only cell phones and devices needed for medical reasons could be carried onboard, “following instructions from the concerned U.S. departments.”

The departments weren’t named but, presumably, included the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Safety Administration, among others.

Problem: No one in the U.S. is talking or giving on-the-record comments about the alleged directive.

The DHS put out a statement saying it had “no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide any update as appropriate.”

The new rule is supposed to begin Tuesday, March 21. Royal Jordanian said it will provide an update with more details on that day.

CNN reported that the ban also includes airlines from some African nations, while the Associated Press noted that, “Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly phoned lawmakers over the weekend to brief them on aviation security issues that have prompted the impending electronics ban, according a congressional aide briefed on the discussion.”

“The aide was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue and spoke on the condition of anonymity. A U.S. government official said such a ban has been considered for several weeks. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose the internal security discussions by the federal government.”

TravelPulse will follow this story and update as news warrants.

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