USA bans electronic devices on flights from eight majority-Muslim countries
Mar 21 2017
The ban is expected to go into effect on Tuesday, and affect flights from at least 13 countries in the Middle East and Africa.
US government officials have temporarily banned most electronics on certain flights into and out of the country, according to Jordan's national air carrier.
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.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration told TIME to speak with the Department of Homeland Security for comment.
United States authorities are planning to ban passengers travelling on certain US-bound foreign airline flights from carrying on larger electronic devices in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, a United States government official says.
The tweet has since been deleted from the airline's Twitter account, although a lively debate around the issue is continuing on the social media platform, with the hashtag #electronicsban. However, the current lack of detail and the secrecy surrounding which airlines are affected by the new directive is bound to cause confusion, and adds to the Trump administration's reputation for poorly conceived and poorly executed ideas.
"We will share any further information once shared with us", a spokesperson for Royal Jordanian Airlines said. "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". Global carriers Saudia, Qatar Airways, and Lufthansa didn't immediately return requests for comment.
"Fly to the U.S. with RJ now that you're allowed to", the ad read, along with a headline that crossed out "Ban" to say "Bon Voyage!" This ban, like the earlier one, has been halted by a court.