New Trump rule bans some international travelers from bringing laptops on flights

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is no longer allowing passengers on 13 different airlines to carry laptops on international flights.

A new “circular” from the TSA means passengers flying into the U.S. will no longer be able to bring laptops, iPads, Kindles, or any other electronic device onto planes from those airlines that’s larger than a cellphone. Passengers will now be required to put those items in their checked luggage, according to the new order.

The Guardian reports that the only two airlines affected by the order whose names have been disclosed to the public are Royal Jordanian Airlines and Saudia Airlines, based in Saudi Arabia. Affected passengers include everyone flying both to and from the United States, and airlines included in the edict have 96 hours to comply with the TSA’s new stringent electronic device guidelines.

“Effective March 21st, the carriage of electronic and electrical devices inbound to the USA shall only be inbound in checked baggage except for mobile and medical devices,” read a copy of the order a reservation agent from one of the affected guidelines sent to The Guardian.

The order is expected to be unveiled on Tuesday. However, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not confirm or deny the existence of the order.

“We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide any update as appropriate,” said DHS spokesman David Lapan in a statement to Guardian reporter Sam Thielman.

While flight crew members usually carry iPads mapping out the route of a flight, the order was unclear whether or not workers for affected airlines would still be allowed to carry the devices, known as Electronic Flight Bags, onto planes going to and leaving the U.S., or if the order affected airline staff as well.

CNN Money reported that the ban on certain electronic devices, which is being referred to on Twitter using the #electronicsban hashtag, stems from a threat by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in which bomb-makers are attempting to make explosives that can pass through metal detectors in airports.


Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.