US Imposes Electronics, Liquids Ban on Airlines From 13 Nations

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.

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.

The US Department of Homeland Security has declined to comment on the guidance, but noted it would provide an update as appropriate.

Only one country, Jordan, has announced that it is part of this group, with a tweet (now deleted) that said Royal Jordanian Airlines would allow only mobile phones and medical devices on-board from 21 March.

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.

Representatives for the Transportation Security Administration and the Trump administration have yet to confirm or deny the reports.

Prohibited devices include laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games.

These changes are as a result of a security concern relating to passengers on nonstop flights from certain Middle Eastern countries, an unnamed United States official told CNN's Jon Ostrower. It's unclear which countries and airlines are actually affected by this, for example. "However, what seems certain is that Royal Jordanian wasn't misinterpreting some policy, but rather there's some intelligence that's about to change travel for a lot of people". The directive is to "ensure enhanced security measures at select airports for a limited duration", said the news outlet.

Royal Jordanian didn't immediately respond to FP for immediate comment.

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