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

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

The US government may have banned passengers from bringing any electronic device larger than a cell phone on board certain flights to and from the Middle East and Africa.

The official said no American carriers are impacted by the 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. Instead, all devices must be placed into checked luggage only.

The airline also indicated that the policy will go into effect on Tuesday March 21, 2017.

The restrictions will not apply to USA -based airlines but only to foreign carriers that operate flights from certain countries directly to US airports, according to officials, and will not apply on purely domestic flights.

If Royal Jordanian's tweet proves accurate, details of the ban have not even reached the airline's NY sales offices.

In October, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an emergency ban for fliers and crewmembers on Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones on all commercial flights in response to several reported incidents of the phones catching fire.

A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security didn't deny there is a directive, but declined to comment.

A representative from Royal Jordanian could not be reached.

A media spokesman from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the agency had "no comment on potential security precautions", but said they would provide any updates.

The prohibition will begin starting with flights departing to and arriving from New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal. The TSA referred all questions to the DHS.