Electronics larger than phones banned from the cabins of some flights to the US

Electronic devices larger than cell phones are banned from inside the cabin of some flights bound for the US, according to reports Monday. 

The ban reportedly impacts flights conducted by airlines from more than 12 Middle Eastern and African countries. Passengers can check the banned devices, which include tablets, laptops, electronic games and DVD players, however they cannot bring these devices into the plane cabin, according to CNN

Cell phones and medical devices needed during flight are allowed inside cabins, according to one impacted airline.

One official told CNN there is a security concern regarding passengers aboard non-stop flights to the US from specific countries with airports where security screening may not be trustworthy. 

The ban, described as limited in duration, will reportedly take effect as soon as Tuesday and is intended to bolster security measures at these airports.

On Monday, Royal Jordanian airlines tweeted a message addressed to passengers headed to and coming from the US, which stated that "carrying any electronic or electrical device on board the flight cabins is strictly prohibited" from March 21. 

The airline cited "instructions from concerned US departments," and said "[c]ellular phones and medical devices needed during the flight are excluded from the ban." Prohibited devices include laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games, the airline wrote. 

Royal Jordanian's first tweet was deleted, however the airline later tweeted: "Further updates will be announced soon regarding #electronicsban."

When asked about the ban, the Department of Homeland Security sent TechRadar the following statement:

"We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide an update when appropriate."

Though we have no word from US officials what the reason for ban is or how long it may last, there's little doubt the ban wouldn't be in place unless a credible threat was determined. 

We'll continue to monitor this story and provide updates as more information becomes available.

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