Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Laptop ban lifted for three major airlines

The ban on laptops aboard flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa has been lifted for three carriers flying to the U.S.

Dubai-headquartered Emirates airline, which serves 12 U.S. cities from its hub at Dubai International Airport (DXB) said it worked with U.S. authorities to meet new security rules, and announced the lifting of the ban via its Twitter feed.

Tweet announcing lifting of laptop ban
"Emirates has been working hard in coordination with various aviation stakeholders and the local authorities to implement heightened security measures and protocols that meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's new security guidelines for all U.S. bound flights," the carrier said in a statement.

Passengers traveling to the U.S. aboard Turkish Airlines from Istanbul's Atatürk International Airport (IST) are also now allowed to bring their laptops onboard.

Passengers aboard Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi International (AUH) to the U.S. were allowed to resume carrying their laptops effective Sunday, July 2.

Dubai, Istanbul and Abu Dhabi airports have reportedly put tighter security checks in place, convincing U.S. officials that the ban for flights on those three airlines from those three airports are no longer necessary.

The ban remains in effect for flights from seven other airports in the region. Those airports are:
  • EGYPT: Cairo International (CAI) 
  • JORDAN: Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), Amman 
  • KUWAIT: Kuwait International Airport (MWI), Kuwait City 
  • MOROCCO: Mohammad V International Airport (CMN), Casablanca 
  • QATAR: Hamad International Airport (DOH), Doha 
  • SAUDI ARABIA: King Khaled International Airport (RUH), Riyadh, and King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED), Jeddah
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