• 7/6/2017 8:45 AM
  • Liu Yang

The US electronics ban lifted for 4 airlines!

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Back in March, the US Transportation Security Administration has forbidden any device larger than cellphone on direct flights from 10 Middle Eastern and African airports. The US electronics ban is now lifted for four carriers.

The TSA requirement blocks passengers from bringing devices such as laptops, tablets, e-readers and cameras on board direct flights to the US from certain airports across the Middle East and North Africa. There are 9 carriers that operate direct flights from the affected airports.

Currently, the ban on electronics devices larger than a smartphone has been lifted from 4 major airlines with US-bound routes. The carriers and the airports from which they fly to the US have worked hard to put additional security measures in place.

These are the airlines that are allowed to bypass the US electronics ban:

  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • Qatar Airways
  • Turkish Airlines

This means that for these carriers, you can now take most electronics on board the aircraft when leaving from Abu Dhabi (UAE), Dubai (UAE), Istanbul (Turkey), Doha (Qatar).

Remaining airlines impacted by the restriction include EgyptAir, Royal Air Maroc, Kuwait Airways, Royal Jordanian and Saudia.

Even though the US ban has been lifted, Qatar Airways is still facing another problem – a regional crisis in the Persian Gulf. A month ago, the airline has suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, after those countries broke off diplomatic relations and transport links with Qatar.

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