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  • Passengers aboard Royal Jordanian Airlines have been banned from bringing certain electronic devices on US-bound flights 
  • The ban includes laptops, iPads, cameras and other similar devices 
  • The items will need to be in a checked bag in order to bring to the United States
  • It's unclear what prompted the ban or what other countries it will apply 
  • It applies to incoming Royal Jordanian flights to Chicago, New York City,  

By Associated Press and Anna Hopkins For Dailymail.com

Published: 16:34 EDT, 20 March 2017 | Updated: 18:08 EDT, 20 March 2017

The US government is barring passengers on Royal Jordanian Airlines flights from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and other electronics in carry-on luggage on certain U.S.-bound flights starting Tuesday, the airline said in a tweet on Monday.

The airline said cellphones and medical devices are excluded from the ban. Everything else would need to be packed in checked luggage.

It is unclear what other countries and airlines the ban will apply to, how long it will be in place or what prompted it. 

The US government is barring passengers on Royal Jordanian Airlines flights from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and other electronics in carry-on luggage on certain U.S.-bound flights starting Tuesday The US government is barring passengers on Royal Jordanian Airlines flights from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and other electronics in carry-on luggage on certain U.S.-bound flights starting Tuesday

The US government is barring passengers on Royal Jordanian Airlines flights from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and other electronics in carry-on luggage on certain U.S.-bound flights starting Tuesday

The airline has since deleted their Twitter post announcing the ban but many shocked social media users documented the initial message.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly phoned lawmakers over the weekend to brief them on aviation security issues that have prompted the impending electronics ban, according a congressional aide briefed on the discussion. 

The aide was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

A U.S. government official said such a ban has been considered for several weeks. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose the internal security discussions by the federal government.

David Lapan, a spokesman for Homeland Security Department, declined to comment.

A U.S. government official said such a ban has been considered for several weeks. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose the internal security discussions by the federal government A U.S. government official said such a ban has been considered for several weeks. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose the internal security discussions by the federal government

A U.S. government official said such a ban has been considered for several weeks. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose the internal security discussions by the federal government

'We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide any update as appropriate,' Lapan said in an email.

The Transportation Security Administration, part of Homeland Security, also declined to comment.

Royal Jordanian said the electronics ban affects its flights to New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal.

An aviation security expert said the policy would raise other safety issues.

 The airline said cellphones and medical devices are excluded from the ban. Everything else would need to be packed in checked luggage  The airline said cellphones and medical devices are excluded from the ban. Everything else would need to be packed in checked luggage

 The airline said cellphones and medical devices are excluded from the ban. Everything else would need to be packed in checked luggage

'There would be a huge disadvantage to having everyone put their electronics in checked baggage,' said Jeffrey Price, a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He said thefts from baggage would skyrocket, as when England tried a similar ban in 2006, and 'some laptops have batteries that can catch fire and it's easier to detect it when it's in the cabin rather than burning in the hold.'

However, there are also advantages to screening items in checked baggage instead of as carry-on luggage.

Most major airports in the United States have a computer tomography or CT scanner for checked baggage, which creates a detailed picture of a bag's contents. They can warn an operator of potentially dangerous material, and may provide better security than the X-ray machines used to screen passengers and their carry-on bags. 

 


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