Electronic devices are no longer allowed on U.S.-bound foreign flights from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries, including Jordan and Saudi Arabia, officials said Monday.
The ban doesn’t affect American carriers and was implemented in response to a terrorism threat received months ago, a U.S. official told Reuters.
Laptops, iPads, cameras and some other electronics in carry-on luggage will be blocked from non-stop flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight countries.
Department of Homeland Security officials declined to name the airports or the countries.
Royal Jordanian Airlines said in a tweet the ban would begin Tuesday at the request of U.S. officials. Passengers can still carry cell phones and approved medical devices, the airline said.
New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal flights will be affected, Royal Jordanian said.
The ban is only temporary, U.S. officials said — but no timeline has been given.
It was put in place ahead of Wednesday’s meeting in Washington of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State. A number of top Arab officials were expected to attend the State Department event.
It was unclear whether their travel plans were related to any increased worry about security threats.