US laptop ban lifted in major airlines

Business Daily Kenya:  Emirates and Turkish Airlines have said the cabin ban on laptops no longer applies on their flights to the United St...

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Emirates and Turkish Airlines have said the cabin ban on laptops no longer applies on their flights to the United States. In March, the US banned laptops and other large electronic devices to and from eight mostly Muslim nations, fearing bombs may be concealed in them. Emirates, which flies to the US from its Dubai hub, said it worked with US authorities to meet new security rules.

Turkish Airlines said it was also now allowing passengers travelling to the US to take their laptops on board. The two airlines are now in the same position as Etihad, which saw the ban lifted on Sunday for its flights from Abu Dhabi.

Dubai, Istanbul and Abu Dhabi airports are reported to have put tighter security checks in place. “Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to the USA,” Emirates said in a statement.

The airline, which flies to 12 US cities from Dubai, thanked customers for “their understanding and patience during the last few months”. Turkish Airlines said on Twitter that all electronic devices would be allowed on its US flights from Wednesday.

It leaves Qatar, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait waiting to have the ban lifted. Saudia, the flagship carrier for Saudi Arabia, said passengers would be able to take the electronics on US flights from July 19.

It remains unclear whether US-bound passengers going through Dubai and Istanbul airports will now need to factor in more time for security checks. –BBC

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