Emirates, Turkish Airlines say laptop ban lifted on US flights

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Abdul Basit

Dubai – Emirates airline and Turkish Airlines have said the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices no longer applies on their flights to the US from Dubai and Istanbul.
The announcements come three days after the ban was lifted on Etihad Airways’ flights to the United States from Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The ban on US flights from Dubai International, the world’s busiest airport for international travel, has been lifted after new security measures announced by the US last week were implemented, an Emirates spokeswoman said in a statement
In March, the US banned laptops and other large electronic devices to and from eight mostly Muslim countries.
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 onboard.
Now the two airlines are in the same position as Etihad Airways, 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.
Emirates said in a statement: “Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to the USA.”
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 19 July.