Royal Jordanian warns about electronics prohibition on US flights
21 March, 2017, 00:24
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.
That means passengers on these flights will have to put their laptops, tablets, Kindles and portable game consoles into their checked baggage for the foreseeable future.
A USA official told CNN the directive would be for a limited duration, applies to some Middle Eastern and African countries, and is meant to ensure extra security measures at specific airports.
According to an Associated Press report, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly talked to lawmakers over the phone on the weekend to brief on a security issue, thought to have in part prompted the incoming ban.
The prohibition will begin starting with flights departing to and arriving from New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal.
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USA authorities have issued a carry-on ban on electronics and liquids on airlines departing to and arriving from 13 countries in the Middle East and Africa. The tweet was deleted several hours later.
"We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide an update when appropriate", spokesperson Gillian Christensen told Foreign Policy.
Unfortunately, as aviation security expert Jeffrey Price told the AP, "some laptops have batteries that can catch fire and it's easier to detect it when it's in the cabin rather than burning in the hold".
But it's not known which countries or airlines the directive will apply to, or how the ban will be enforced. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, the only two U.S. carriers which operate to the Middle East, decline to comment.
Royal Jordanian didn't immediately respond to FP for immediate comment.
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