United States lifts electronic devices ban on Qatar Airways flights

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Luglio 7, 2017

Three other big airlines have had the laptop ban lifted in recent days after they and the airports from which they fly to the USA put additional security measures in place: Etihad of Abu Dhabi, Emirates of Dubai and Turkish Airlines.

From Thursday, customers of Qatar Airways leaving Hamad International Airport will be able to take their electronic devices on board with them when travelling to the United States. Istanbul, home to Turkish Airlines, declared itself free of the ban on Wednesday, while Etihad Airways hub Abu Dhabi secured exemption last Sunday, aided by the presence of a U.S. "pre-clearance" border post there.

Qatar Airways said a USA ban on electronic devices larger than a smartphone in cabins was lifted Thursday. "All personal electronic devices can be carried on board all departures from Hamad International Airport to destinations in the United States".

In a statement, Qatar Airways said it and the airport had both complied with new security requirements laid down earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Qatar Airways is considering adding a second daily flight from Dublin to Doha just weeks after launching its first service between the two cities, according to its chief executive, Akbar Al Baker. "We expect demand to pick up now that the ban has been lifted", John Nair, Head (Business Travel) at Cox & Kings said.

Although the Department of Homeland Security has not specified what all the new security measures to inspect electronic devices will entail for security reasons, it will entail higher screening of electronic devices and deployment of explosive-detecting canine units.

Saudi Arabia's national airline, Saudia, stated on Tuesday it was working to meet the new security requirements and have the ban lifted by July 19.

Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways and Royal Air Maroc remain on the list of airlines affected under the current laptop ban.

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