Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

US Bans Passengers Of Middle Eastern Airlines From Bringing Electronics On Planes

An official for the USA government said the policy has been mulled over for several weeks, according to The Associated Press.

Additionally, the Transportation Safety Administration would not clarify what the fuck is going on, telling Gizmodo and several other outlets that it has "no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide any update as appropriate".

The uncertainty comes after Royal Jordanian Airlines somewhat cryptically warned passengers Monday that electronic devices such as laptops, cameras and DVD players would be "strictly prohibited" in the cabin on its flights to the United States and must be checked.

The TSA and the Department of Homeland Security declined to confirm the story with The Guardian, but airlines appear to have already begun notifying passengers of the request.

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.

A representative from Royal Jordanian could not be reached.

The ban would involve devices larger than mobile phones.

Based at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Royal Jordanian operates more than 500 flights a week across the globe.

The Royal Jordanian tweet specifically mentions laptops, cameras, DVD players, and gaming devices as banned at the request of "the concerned USA departments".

American Airlines, Qatar, Etihad, and Emirates did not immediately respond to inquiries about any restrictions to electronics in their cabins on certain or all flights. The directive is to "ensure enhanced security measures at select airports for a limited duration", said the news outlet. In February, after a federal court temporarily froze the travel ban he ordered, the airline turned the ban into fodder for a cheeky advertisement.

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