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The US government has banned laptops on some international flights, and here's what we know

March 21,2017 00:22

In an emailed statement to Business Insider, the Department of Homeland Security wrote: "We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide an update when appropriate." The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) sent out a ...and more »



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The US government may bar passengers from bringing any electronic
device larger than a cellphone on board some flights to and from
the Middle East and Africa.

On Monday, Royal Jordanian Airlines tweeted an extensive
description of an electronics ban implemented by the US
government. But the airline deleted the tweet a few hours later.

According to Royal Jordanian's deleted tweet, all electronic
devices apart from cellphones and necessary medical equipment
must be checked in to the cargo hold with luggage.

That includes laptops, cameras, tablets, and DVD players.

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

These changes are as a result of a security concern relating to
passengers on nonstop flights from certain Middle Eastern
countries, an unnamed US official told CNN's Jon
Ostrower.

According to Ostrower, the directive, which is targeted at
certain airports and will last for a limited time only, is in
reaction to a threat related to Al Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula. 

In an emailed statement to Business Insider, the Department of
Homeland Security wrote: "We have no comment on potential
security precautions, but will provide an update when
appropriate."

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) sent out a
confidential email to airlines on Monday regarding the
electronics ban that is expected to affect carriers from 13
nations, The Guardian's Sam Thielman
reported.
According to Thielman, the airlines will have 96 hours to
comply with the ban.

Business Insider asked the Middle East's three mega-carriers
Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways for comment. Etihad said that
it was still sorting through the issue internally and was unable
to offer details.

Emirates and Qatar Airways said they would share more information
once it's available.

Business Insider also contacted Delta — the only major US airline
to offer non-stop flights to Africa. However, a representative
for the Atlanta-based carrier declined to comment and referred us
to the DHS.

So far, the only evidence of the policy shift is Royal
Jordanian's deleted tweet. 

This story is developing. 

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