US lifts laptops ban on Emirates, Turkish Airlines flights

Christian Scherer

Turkish Airlines and Emirates have both confirmed that the controversial ban on laptops aboard their flights has now been lifted by the United States.

Turkish Airlines said in a brief announcement that “If you are travelling to US from İstanbul Atatürk Airport, you can carry your all electronic devices on board”.

Emirates said the ban was lifted “effective immediately” on Dubai International, the world’s busiest airport for international travel, after new security measures announced by the U.S. last week were implemented, an Emirates spokeswoman said in a statement.

It would be recalled that in March, the United States imposed the ban on flights originating at 10 airports in eight countries — Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey — to address fears that bombs could be concealed in electronic devices taken aboard aircraft.