Thursday, 20 July 2017

US lifts four-month laptop ban on flights from the Middle East and North Africa

The US has ended its four-month ban on passengers carrying laptops on inbound flights from the Middle East and North Africa.
It ended after King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, became the last of 10 to have the ban lifted.

The controversial restriction came into force in March when the US stopped passengers carrying large electronics in the cabin on flights from 10 airports over fears they could disguise explosives.

The ban has now been lifted on all nine airlines affected.

They are: Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Kuwait Airways, EgyptAir and Royal Air Maroc.

Officials lifted the ban after visiting the 10 airports to confirm new security measures. announced last month, were being implemented.

A ban on citizens from six Muslim-majority countries - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen - remains in place.
The US issued a revised directive to airlines around the world on Thursday.

It requires enhanced passenger screening at foreign airports, increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas, and more checks by sniffer dogs.

Airlines that fail to comply could face electronics restrictions.

The UK continues to enforce a similar cabin electronics ban on flights from some airports in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

However, according to Turkish media, the UK has told authorities it will lift the electronics ban on flights from Turkey.

SKY      News.