Electronic devices to be banned from US-bound flights over 'terror threat'

Federal authorities plan to ban laptops, tablets and other electronic devices from the cabins of certain global flights to the United States, according to Reuters.

It is unclear which countries and airlines the ban will apply to, or how long the ban will be in place, but the official said no American carriers would be affected. This either means that passengers who are flying on these airlines will now be able to check these devices in or won't be able to travel with them at all.

According to an Associated Press report, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly talked to lawmakers over the phone on the weekend to brief on a security issue, thought to have in part prompted the incoming ban.

Royal Jordanian says in a tweet that following "instructions from the concerned United States departments", passengers on Royal Jordanian's flights to and from the U.S. are prohibited from "carrying any electronic device on board the flight cabins" effective 21 March.

Meanwhile people are responding to the Royal Jordanian post and seem super frustrated with the sudden rule change.

A spokesperson for Homeland Security would not comment on the potential security precautions, but said the department would "provide an update when appropriate".

Questions are being raised about whether passengers on some USA flights might be facing new restrictions barring laptops and other electronics from being brought onboard in carry-on luggage.

The now-deleted statement said the ban "will be applied on the New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal flights".

The restrictions would apply to flights coming from some North African and Middle Eastern countries, according to CNN. Royal Jordanian's flights to Montreal, which now continues on to Detroit, would also be affected. None of the larger Middle Eastern airlines like Emirates have yet commented on this laptop ban.

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