US laptop ban lifted say Turkish and Emirates Airlines

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US laptop ban lifted say Turkish and Emirates Airlines

After three months of restrictions, Turkish Airlines said on Wednesday that the US had lifted the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices.

It was imposed on US-bound flights from eight Muslim-majority countries amid terrorism fears.

But Istanbul airport is now said to have put tighter security checks in place.

Turkey’s Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said that following talks, the Americans had agreed to remove the ban and had people in place observing security as the restrictions were lifted.

“These people are here in Istanbul today and, as of today, the laptop ban on US-bound flights from Istanbul has been removed,” Arslan said.

Dubai-based Emirates, the Middle East’s largest airline, says that it, too, has seen the ban lifted after new security requirements announced by the US were implemented. It had already been removed from Etihad Airways flights from Abu Dhabi.

For other countries concerned however it remains in place.

In March the United States imposed the ban on direct flights originating at 10 airports in eight countries — Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey — to address fears that bombs could be concealed in electronic devices taken onboard aircraft.

with Reuters