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Bound flights to ban most electronic devices

Bound flights to ban most electronic devices

At least two Middle Eastern airlines are telling passengers that laptops, tablet computers and other electronic devices are no longer allowed as carry-on items in flights headed to the U.S., citing orders from USA authorities. Other electronics, like laptops or tablets, would have to be placed in checked baggage. Then, sometime this afternoon, Royal Jordanian deleted that tweet, further adding to the confusion.

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.

"Cellphones and medical devices needed during the flight are excluded from the ban", Royal Jordanian's statement reads.

The airline also indicated that the policy will go into effect on Tuesday March 21, 2017.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly informed members of Congress about the upcoming security changes, according to The Associated Press.

According to numerous reports, USA authorities today alerted a number of Middle Eastern and African airlines that starting soon, their passengers will have to check any electronic items larger than a cell phone.

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The Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration told TIME to speak with the Department of Homeland Security for comment.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

The full list of 13 nations has not been released, but Jordan's Royal Jordanian and Saudi Arabia's Saudia airliners are included in the ban.

Royal Jordanian didn't immediately respond to FP for immediate comment. While early reports suggested that this was a 96-hour ban, it now looks like the airlines will have 96 hours to comply with this order.

The ban is said to be for a limited period which was not specified.


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