After Etihad Airways, the other two prominent airlines from the Middle-East, Emirates and Turkish Airlines have now announced that US has revoked its ban on using laptops during flights. Earlier in March, Donald Trump led US government had restricted passengers from carrying large electronics on board. The laptop ban was applicable for flights flying into US from 10 airports situated across Middle East and Africa.
Initially, the ban was enforced due to the government’s belief that it’s easy to frisk in an explosive inside electronics devices like laptops without being noticed in security check-ins. The latest announcement, from the two major Gulf carriers, comes soon after US announced new security measures for checking these electronics.
An Emirates spokesperson claims that US government revoked the ban with immediate effect for Dubai International Airport only after the airlines agreed to the newly set security guidelines.
Emirates, which apparently is Middle East’s largest airlines was the most affected by this restriction. The carrier had in fact cut down on its US flights due to the drop in demand after the ban. The laptop ban had not only affected local flyers but also those flying to the US from various parts of Asia. A number of these banned airports apparently act as transit points for various US-bound flight from India. Incidentally, none of the US carriers was hit by the Trump government imposed on-flight electronics ban.
With that said, still, eight of the initially listed ten airports have the laptop and tablet ban in place. These eight airports include Cairo, Kuwait City, Doha, Casablanca, Amman, Jordan, Riyadh, and Jeddah.
Like Etihad, Turkish Airlines has also issued a statement regarding the termination of this laptop ban. Bilal Eksi, Chief of Turkish Airlines further that the US move may trigger UK government to revoke its ban too. Following the US ban, UK too had banned laptops and tablets in check-in baggage. Just like US, the ban was applicable for countries like Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.