USA ends laptop ban on Middle East carriers

Jerome Frank
July 21, 2017

DHS spokesman David Lapan said that as of midnight Wednesday, the 180 airlines flying to USA destinations, including United States carriers, and 280 airports that have direct flights to the U.S., had all implemented the first phase of tough new security protocols announced by United States authorities on June 28.

The kingdom's civil aviation authorities also confirmed the move, saying it had informed flagship carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) that the restrictions were lifted after a USA team inspected security measures at airports in Riyadh and Jeddah.

The likely removal of the laptop ban from Riyadh-originating flights doesn't mean the end of the matter, as Reuters also reports that airports have a short amount of time in which to acquire explosive trace detection equipment and to start using to screen US-bound passengers.

The US has now completely lifted the ban it put on bringing laptops on the flights in US. The ban which was imposed on traveling from certain countries through certain airlines barred the passengers to carry laptops within the main cabin has now been nullified.

A travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority countries - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, - remains in place, although it has been challenged in United States courts.

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

Senior U.S. officials visited the relevant airports over the past few weeks in order to make sure that the enhanced security measures have been implemented. Other recent administration efforts to enhance border security include the heavily litigated travel ban and the implementation of extreme vetting procedures for visa applicants.

The electronics ban has already been lifted in several countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Jordan and Turkey.

The US issued a revised directive to airlines around the world on Thursday.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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