Royal Jordanian Airlines Says It's Banning Electronics From US-Bound Flights
We've reached out to Royal Jordanian and other Middle Eastern-based airlines for further details.
The directive is reportedly the result of a security threat and could be announced as soon as Tuesday.
"We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide any update as appropriate", he wrote in an email.
Also not immediately clear were how many airlines or airports a possible electronics restriction might affect.
About a dozen carriers will be affected but these do not include American airlines, the official added.
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. All other electronics would be "strictly prohibited".
Al Riyadh newspaper, which is close to the Saudi government, reported that the civil aviation authority had informed "airlines flying from the kingdom's (Saudi) airports to USA airports of the latest measures from US security agencies in which passengers must store laptops and tablets" in checked in baggage.
Royal Jordanian flies to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, as well Montreal and Detroit.
The tweet stated that, "following instructions from the concerned United States departments" a wide range of electronic devices would be banned from the cabins on flights to and from the USA, effective March 21. Passengers would be allowed to carry larger devices in their checked luggage.
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".
A representative from Royal Jordanian could not be reached.