Electronic devices larger than phones banned from cabins of some flights to the US

Mar 21

Electronic devices larger than cell phones are being banned from inside the cabin of some flights bound for the US, according to reports Monday afternoon. 

The ban reportedly impacts flights conducted by airlines from more than 12 Middle Eastern and African countries. Passengers can check the banned devices, which include tablets, laptops, cameras and DVD players, but cannot bring them into the plane cabin, according to CNN. Cell phones and medical devices are allowed.

One US official told CNN there is a security concern regarding passengers aboard non-stop flights to the US from specific countries. This appears to be the reason for the limited-time ban. 

On Monday, Royal Jordanian airlines tweeted a message addressed to passengers arriving from and departing to the US, which stated: ”carrying any electronic or electrical device on board the flight cabins is strictly prohibited” from Tuesday, March 21. 

The airline cited ”instructions from concerned US departments,” and said ”[c]ellular phones and medical devices needed during the flight are excluded from the ban.

When asked about the ban, the Department of Homeland Security sent us the following statement:

”We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide an update when appropriate.”

More to come…