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United States travel restrictions will affect Montreal flight: airline

20 March 2017

Airlines that fly from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa to the US must require passengers to check in nearly all electronic devices rather than carry them into the cabin, said a USA official.

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.

The US Federal Aviation Administration declines to comment on Royal Jordanian's statement, referring queries to the US Department of Homeland Security.

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The source said it will impact over a dozen airlines flying into the US.

Warn your clients: Royal Jordanian just banned all portable electronic devices for flights departing to and arriving from the United States from its cabins during flights.

The Amman, Jordan-based carrier said that starting Tuesday, March 21 it will only allow phones and medical devices to be carried in the cabin of its flights.

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A representative of Saudi Arabian Airlines, based at JFK International Airport in NY, told BuzzFeed News that the ban begins immediately, and covers all electronic devices, excluding cellphones. All other electronics would be "strictly prohibited".

But while that 2014 guidance was formally announced, security officials were tight-lipped Monday about any additional changes that might be afoot following Royal Jordanian's move.

A representative for Royal Jordanian Airlines was not immediately available for comment, but the airline's official social media account is actively responding to concerned travelers.

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Royal Jordanian, the flag carrier for Jordan, flies to New York, Chicago and Detroit. The airline cited "concerned US departments" without offering additional explanation.

United States travel restrictions will affect Montreal flight: airline