Washington - The U.S. government is barring passengers on Royal Jordanian Airlines flights from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and other electronics in carry-on luggage on certain U.S.-bound flights starting Tuesday, the airline said in a tweet Monday.
The airline said cellphones and medical devices are excluded from the ban. Everything else, the airline said, would need to be packed in checked luggage.
It is unclear what other countries and airlines the ban will apply to, how long it will be in place or what prompted it.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly phoned lawmakers over the weekend to brief them on aviation security issues that have prompted the impending electronics ban, according a congressional aide briefed on the discussion. The aide was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
A U.S. government official said such a ban has been considered for several weeks. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose the internal security discussions by the federal government.
David Lapan, a spokesman for Homeland Security Department, declined to comment.
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