The U.S. is banning some electronic devices from being carried on U.S.-bound flights from a number of countries in the Middle East and Africa. The move was prompted by an unspecified security threat. Reports of the ban first came after Royal Jordanian airlines made now-deleted posts on social media.
The airline reported American authorities told them that passengers on direct flights to the U.S. had to stow cellphones and other electronics in their checked baggage. One federal official told NBC News the airline had jumped the gun and hadn't gotten the restrictions exactly correct. The ban reportedly won't apply to U.S.-based airlines but only some foreign carriers making direct flights to the U.S.