Device cabin ban on some United States flights from Mideast

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

The tweet, posted March 20, said that "US departments" had issued instructions that from March 21, passengers on Royal Jordanian flights to and from the USA would be "strictly prohibited" from taking onboard electronic devices.

United States authorities will soon begin enforcing a ban on travelers bringing electronics in carry-on luggage on some flights traveling to the US.

Royal Jordanian said any of the above must be stored in checked baggage. The tweet was deleted several hours later.

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.

A representative of Saudi Arabian Airlines, based at JFK International Airport in NY, told BuzzFeed News that the ban begins immediately, and covers all electronic devices, excluding cellphones.

"We will share any further information once shared with us", a spokesperson for Royal Jordanian Airlines said.

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

The US Federal Aviation Administration declines to comment on Royal Jordanian's statement, referring queries to the US Department of Homeland Security. Many commented that the airline would lose customers over this policy.

An agent in the NY office had no knowledge of new carry-on restrictions affecting electronics, when reached by FlightGlobal. The TSA referred all questions to the DHS.