Bound flights to ban most electronic devices
Alexandra Douglas | March 21, 2017, 0:28
Royal Jordanian Airlines announced it would "strictly prohibit" electronic devices on its US -bound flights following a directive from the United States.
The source said it will impact over a dozen airlines flying into the US.
Royal Jordanian said the electronics ban affected its flights to New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal. 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.
A media spokesman from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the agency had "no comment on potential security precautions", but said they would provide any updates.
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". Royal Jordanian soon deleted the notice from its Twitter account, leading to questions about the reasons behind cloak-and-dagger behavior of the DHS around the ban.
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The airline tweeted and posted the announcement on Facebook.
The Guardian reported that the the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, which oversees security at airports, distributed a confidential circular Monday to airlines from 13 nations, requiring passengers to check laptops, iPads, Kindles and cameras larger than cell phones. It's unclear which countries and airlines are actually affected by this, for example.
At least 12 Middle Eastern and African airlines will be affected "new security procedures", reported CNN aviation correspondent Jon Ostrower, citing a USA official.
Royal Jordanian didn't immediately respond to FP for immediate comment.