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Electronic devices banned on flights to US from 13 countries after intel threat

 

Officials have banned certain electronic devices on flights to the US. of 13 international airports as a result of the increased terror threats, sources told Fox News Monday.

The ban is the result of an increased “volume” of chatter suggesting that Al-Qaeda and other groups are still looking for ways to sneak explosive materials on board aircrafts.

Attention all passengers 🛑 pic.twitter.com/VjN58EbJkJ

— Royal Jordanian (@RoyalJordanian) March 20, 2017

The open-ended ban, which goes into effect Tuesday, will revive strict rules for liquids in aircraft that pre-date 9/11 and flying regulations.

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The U.S. government had no immediate comment.


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Royal Jordan announced the electronic device ban on its Twitter account Monday. The post was later removed.

(Twitter.com/RoyalJordanian)

Earlier Monday, Royal Jordanian Airlines announced on his Twitter account that the carrier had prohibited all electronic or electrical devices from carry-on luggage on flights to and from New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal, effective Tuesday, March 21.

According to the statement, which cited statements of “OUR departments involved, mobile phones and medical devices were exempted from the ban, but laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and gaming devices may only be transported via checked luggage.

Royal Jordanian is the tweet was deleted later in the day, and a representative of the airline was not immediately available for comment.

Sources told Fox News that the new regulations not related to President Donald Trump’s executive order cessation of travel to the USA. of the six majority-Muslim countries, but that are likely to be applicable at airports in those countries. Jordan was the only country to be confirmed subject to the prohibition.

As of Monday afternoon, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had not issued a warning banning the electronic devices that are by Royal Jordanian in the social media announcement.

In October, the U.S. Department of Transportation has an emergency ban for pilots and crew members on the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones on all commercial flights in response to a number of reported incidents of the phones catching fire.

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.

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