Laptop ban lifted for a total of six airports, airlines

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has lifted its laptop ban for three more of the 10 airports and airlines that serve the Middle East and north Africa and were affected by the ban that was issued in March.

In an announcement released on July 11, DHS said the airports and airlines have already improved their screening enough to earn their way off the ban list. Under that ban, all passengers were required to place their laptop computers, tablets and many other traveling
electronic devices in their checked luggage.

Passengers on Qatar Airways flights from Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Kuwait Airlines flights from Kuwait International Airport (KWI) in Kuwait City and Royal Jordanian flights from Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman will once again be allowed to bring laptops into the airplane cabins.

Earlier this month, the ban was lifted for Dubai-headquartered Emirates airline, which serves 12 U.S. cities from its hub at Dubai International Airport (DXB), Turkish Airlines’ flights from Istanbul's Atatürk International Airport (IST), and Etihad Airways flights from Abu Dhabi International (AUH), as previously reported by TheTravelPro.

The ban remains in effect for flights from four other airports in the region. Those airports are:
  • EGYPT: Cairo International (CAI) 
  • MOROCCO: Mohammad V International Airport (CMN), Casablanca 
  • SAUDI ARABIA: King Khaled International Airport (RUH), Riyadh, and King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED), Jeddah 
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