• Laptop Ban Lifted for Certain Middle Eastern Airlines
  • September 11, 2017
  • In March, the Trump administration barred international travelers arriving in the U.S. from certain Middle Eastern and African airports from having electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smartphone in their carry-ons. The restrictions apply to 10 airports from the majority-Muslim countries: Queen Alia International Airport, Cairo International Airport, Istanbul Ataturk Airport, King Abdulaziz International Airport, King Khalid International Airport, Kuwait International Airport, Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, Hamad International Airport, Dubai International Airport, and Abu Dhabi International Airport. The ban was put in place in response to what U.S. officials said were emerging and ongoing terrorist threats on commercial flights.

    However, within the last month, Doha-based Qatar Airways, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, Dubai-based Emirates, Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines, Royal Jordanian, and Kuwait Airways have all been released from the laptop ban list after implementing more rigorous passenger screening measures that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and TSA had recently asked commercial carriers to adopt at overseas airports.