U.S. lifts laptop ban on flights from two international cities


Passengers traveling on U.S.-bound flights from Dubai and Istanbul may now have electronics larger than smartphones in the cabins due to a lifting of the ban by the Trump administration.

“Emirates has been working hard in coordination with various aviation stakeholders and the local authorities to implement heightened security measures and protocols that meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s new security guidelines for all U.S. bound flights,” the Dubai-based airline said in a statement.

Turkish Airlines tweeted, “#WelcomeOnBoard to our U.S.-bound flight. Please fasten your seatbelts and enjoy your own electronic devices.”

The administration recently lifted its ban on laptops in cabins on flights from Abu Dhabi to the U.S.

In March, the U.S. issued a ban on laptops on flights from 10 airports in Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Although the U.S. does not have jurisdiction over foreign airports, it maintains authority over airlines that offer direct U.S.-bound flights.

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security announced that, instead of implementing the laptop ban, the U.S. would introduce new aviation security measures for all international flights entering the country.

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