Royal Jordanian Airlines stated earlier today that they are banning all electronic devices with the exception of phones, and medical devices on all their flights to the US. This means laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices will need to be checked-in.
A Saudi executive on twitter mentioned that this ban is a directive from US Authorities that is immediate and affects 13 countries. No word from the US Government yet regarding the ban.
This story is still developing, and we still have yet to hear which countries, and if other Middle Eastern Carriers are affected by this ban.
UPDATE: Well, it looks like Saudi Arabian carrier, Saudia just announced the electronics ban as well:
UPDATE 2: The Associated Press is now reporting that the ban will affect US-bound flights from the following airports: Abu Dhabi (AUH), Amman (AMM), Cairo (CAI), Casablanca (CMN), Doha (DOH), Dubai (DXB), Jeddah (JED), Istanbul (IST), Kuwait City (KWI), and Riyadh (RUH).
This means that all electronic devices, except for cellphones, and medical devices are now banned onboard the following airlines on their flights to the US: Egyptair, Etihad, Emirates, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, and Turkish Airlines. You will now need to check these devices along with your luggage prior to boarding. There’s still no word whether US carriers will be exempted from this ban.
More updates as things develop…