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Device cabin ban on some USA flights from Mideast

Royal Jordanian Airlines announced it would "strictly prohibit" electronic devices on its US -bound flights following a directive from the United States.

In messages posted on both Twitter and Facebook and now deleted, the global carrier said cellphones and electronic devices needed for medical reasons could be carried on-board, but everything else had to be stowed in checked baggage "following instructions from the concerned US departments".

All other devices, such as laptops, DVD players and game consoles have to be stored along with checked baggage.

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 US official told CNN the directive would be for a limited duration, applies to some Middle Eastern and African countries, and is meant to ensure extra security measures at specific airports.

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Royal Jordanian flies to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, as well Montreal and Detroit.

The tweet was later deleted.

The full list of 13 nations has not been released, but Jordan's Royal Jordanian and Saudi Arabia's Saudia airliners are included in the ban.

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. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, the only two USA carriers which operate to the Middle East, decline to comment. IATA did not immediately comment. While early reports suggested that this was a 96-hour ban, it now looks like the airlines will have 96 hours to comply with this order.



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