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US lifts laptop restriction for Emirates flights

Emirates has reportedly said the cabin ban on laptops no longer applies on its flights to the United States.

According to reports, an Emirates spokeswoman said it had worked with US authorities to meet the requirements of the new security guidelines for all US bound flights.

In a statement, Emirates spokesperson said, “Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to the US. 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 US Department of Homeland Security’s new security guidelines for all US bound flights. We would like to express our gratitude to the US and local authorities for their support and thank our customers for their understanding and patience during the last few months when the ban was in place.”

In March, the US issued a ban on bringing laptops and other large electronic devices in carry-on luggage on flights to and from eight mostly Muslim nations, citing security issues.

Under the US rules, devices ‘larger than smartphones’ were not allowed in the cabins of flights from Turkey, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Lifting the restrictions from Emirates flights comes after the US lifted the laptop ban on Sunday for Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to the US.

The head of Turkish Airlines also said he expects the ban to be lifted for his airline soon as well.

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