All the Six airlines now free of US laptop ban

A Monitor Report 16 Jul, 2017  |    -      +
WASHINGTON : All the Six airlines that operate direct flights to the US from the Middle East and North Africa are now free of the laptop carry-on ban imposed in the spring, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said July 12, according to a US television website.

In March, DHS ordered nine airlines at 10 overseas airports to ban portable electronic devices larger than a cell phone from carry-on bags. The devices had to be placed in checked baggage.

Since then, John Kelly, Secretary, DHS said airlines could be released from the ban if they comply with newly imposed security directives calling for more extensive passenger screening, increased use of bomb-sniffing dogs, and improved security measures.

Kelly also said the electronics ban would not be expanded to airports in Europe and elsewhere, as long as the new security measures are observed. But he said if any airline fails to comply with the new directives, the US could levy fines, limit the carrier's ability to fly to the US, or completely ban electronic devices from an airline's inbound planes in both carry-on and checked baggage.

The Six airlines deemed to be following the new directive, and therefore no longer subject to the electronics ban, are Qatar Airways operating from Doha, Emirates from Dubai, Turkish Airlines from Istanbul, Kuwait Airways from Kuwait City, Royal Jordanian from Amman, and Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi.

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