Feds temporarily ban electronics on certain flights to US

U.S. authorities are planning to ban passengers travelling on certain US-bound foreign airline flights from taking electronic devices larger than mobile phones on board in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, a USA government official has said.

A USA official said the cabin ban would apply to devices larger than a phone and affect some foreign airline flights heading to the States.

The official says no American carriers are impacted by the ban, which will involve devices larger than a mobile phone.

In a notice that appears to be prompted by federal USA officials, Royal Jordanian Airlines issued a new ban on electronic devices on planes Monday.

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A USA 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.

Also not immediately clear were how many airlines or airports a possible electronics restriction might affect. Passengers would be allowed to carry larger devices in their checked luggage. The tweet was deleted several hours later.

The now-deleted statement said the ban "will be applied on the New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal flights".

A spokesman for the US Department of Homeland Security declined to comment.

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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.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly called congressional lawmakers this weekend to notify them of the plan, congressional aides said.

A representative from Royal Jordanian could not be reached. In a response to upset customers expressing themselves on Twitter, Royal Jordanian has since posted that "further updates will be announced soon".

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