Electronic devices to be banned from US-bound flights over 'terror threat'

Electronic devices to be banned from US-bound flights over 'terror threat'

The directive is reportedly the result of a security threat and could be announced as soon as Tuesday.

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.

In the now deleted tweet, officials with the airline said that starting March 21, passengers will no longer be able to bring certain portable electronic devices on board with them.

Passengers on certain airlines will no longer be allowed to carry most electronic devices in flight cabins, according to reports.

The tweet said the ban applied to laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games-all of which would need to be placed in checked baggage.

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The new rules were laid out in an e-mail sent to airlines today by the US Transportation Safety Administration.

A spokesman for the International Air Transport Association, which represents international carriers including Royal Jordanian, said they were not informed of the ban and were working to get additional information from USA authorities. Another US administration official says this covers devices larger than a cellphone.

Royal Jordanian Airlines is banning all electronic devices from flights to and from the United States, except for cellphones and medical devices. Royal Jordanian's flights to Montreal, which now continues on to Detroit, would also be affected.

A spokesman for the US Department of Homeland Security declined to comment. "However, what seems certain is that Royal Jordanian wasn't misinterpreting some policy, but rather there's some intelligence that's about to change travel for a lot of people".

Royal Jordanian did not immediately respond to a request for comment.