Large electronic devices banned from certain flights to the US

The ban impacts flights leaving certain countries in the Middle East

Passengers looking to fly from certain Muslim-majority countries to the US will not be allowed to bring electronic devices larger than a smartphone on board, according to a statement published by Royal Jordanian Airlines. 

According to the statement, passengers will have to check-in the larger items once the US authorities have formalised the new ban, which is said to be in response to an unspecified terror threat. 

The Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce the new travel rule today. It's thought it had been under consideration since the US government learned of the unspecified threat 'several weeks ago'. 

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a US official told Associated Press news agency that the ban will apply to nonstop flights to the US from 10 international airports serving the cities of Cairo in Egypt; Amman in Jordan; Kuwait City in Kuwait; Casablanca in Morocco; Doha in Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul in Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The ban was indefinite, said the official.

Royal Jordanian Airlines said smartphones and medical devices are excluded from the ban. Larger items such as laptops, tablets, e-readers, DVD players, electronic games and cameras need to be stored within checked luggage.