Feds temporarily ban electronics on certain flights to US

Royal Jordanian Airlines has informed passengers of a similar ban coming into effect on Tuesday.

One of the leading Middle East airlines has abruptly told passengers they can not take electronic devices on flights to or from the US.

The only further details on the ban have been provided by a Saudi executive, who indicated in a reply on Twitter that the ban was at the request of U.S. authorities, and applied to flights originating in 13 countries.

"We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide any update as appropriate", DHS tells FlightGlobal.

On Monday, Royal Jordanian Airlines abruptly announced on Twitter that it received "instructions from the concerned USA departments" that passengers can't carry any electronic devices bigger than a cell phone onto its flights into or from the United States.

The Transportation Security Administration, which ensures that security meets USA standards at airports that send flights to the USA, and the Department of Homeland Security each said: "We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide any update as appropriate".

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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.

The official told CNN that there is a security concern regarding passengers boarding non-stop flights to the US from some specific countries.

Meanwhile people are responding to the Royal Jordanian post and seem super frustrated with the sudden rule change. IATA did not immediately comment.

Royal Jordanian has trolled Trump in the past.

Saudi Arabia's state-owned press agency says that the country's civil aviation authority is instructing airlines to ban such devices in the cabin, and to implement the rule in Riyadh and Jeddah. That ban has since been challenged by USA courts.

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