As of July 5, various international airlines have begun to make claims that the ban on laptops and other electronics in cabins on direct flights to the United States have been lifted. Emirates Airlines announced that the US had lifted the ban on flights departing from Dubai, effective immediately, in a July 5 statement. The CEO of Turkish Airlines also announced that the US would lift the ban on direct flights from Istanbul's Atatürk International Airport (IST), effective on July 5. The US government has not yet issued any official statement regarding the Turkey or Emirates cases.
These announcements come after the United States lifted the ban on electronics on direct flights departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport, after Etihad Airways - the only airline operating flights between Abu Dhabi and the US - implemented tighter security measures.
Saudi Arabian Airlines has also announced it hopes to be off the ban list on or before July 19.
In March 2017 , a measure went into effect that prevented passengers flying directly to the United States from ten Middle Eastern and North African airports from transporting any electronic devices larger than a "normal sized" smartphone (16 cm x 9.3 cm x 1.5 cm / 6.3 in x 3.5 in x 0.6 in) in carry-on luggage. Laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, DVD players, and video games must be transported in checked luggage if flying to the US from these airports. Turkish Airways responded by providing laptops to its business travelers.
As a reminder, the restrictionswere initially implemented at the following ten airports:
- Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman, Jordan
- Cairo International Airport (CAI) in Egypt
- Atatürk International Airport (IST) in Istanbul, Turkey
- King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International Airport (RUH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait International Airport (KWI)
- Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) in Casablanca, Morocco
- Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar
- Dubai International Airport (DXB) in the United Arab Emirates
- Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) in the United Arab Emirates
Travelers are advised to contact their airline for more information.
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