United States lifts laptop ban for flights of Saudi Arabian Airlines

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

The United States Transportation Security Administration on Monday lifted a ban on passengers on Saudi Arabian Airlines carrying large electronics like laptops onboard US -bound flights.

Saudi Arabia's flagship carrier was the last airline to face in-cabin electronics restrictions.

The affected airports in eight countries were: Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

A week after it was rumored that the Department of Homeland Security would likely lift its ban on laptops and other personal electronics put in place in March from the few airlines that remained subject to the policy, that time has come. "Please note that the ban was lifted from Jeddah, not from Riyadh".

On Thursday, the United States department of homeland security issued a revised directive to airlines around the world in response to requests that it clarify aviation security measures scheduled to begin taking effect later this week.

The directives included pressure to install explosive-detecting scanners within weeks, as well as adding more bomb-sniffing dogs.

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