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Kuwait Airways and Royal Jordanian become latest airlines to have US laptop ban lifted

July 10, 2017 9:59 AM
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Kuwait Airways and Royal Jordanian become latest airlines to have US laptop ban lifted

US Department of Homeland Security lifts ban on electronic gadgets in cabin bag.

Royal Jordanian and Kuwait Airways have become the latest airlines to have the ban on carrying laptops in the cabin bag on direct flights to the US lifted.

The controversial measure was introduced in March, when laptops and large electronic devices were banned on flights to and from eight Muslim countries to America by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

"Enhanced security measures are now implemented to meet the requirements of the US DHS' new security guidelines for all US bound flights," said Royal Jordanian president and chief executive president Stefan Pichler.

"We are glad that our guests can now fly on board Royal Jordanian and use their electronic devices. We highly appreciate our passengers' patience and understanding during the time of the ban."

Meanwhile, Kuwait Airways, which flies to New York via Ireland also confirmed the bad was lifted after DHS official inspected safety measures on its flights.

As it stands, the ban still affects international airports in Cairo and Casablanca in Egypt and Morocco respectively, as well as the Saudi airports of Jeddah and Riyadh.

However, Saudia, Saudi Arabia's flagship carrier, said passengers will be allowed to carry tablets and laptops on board flights to the US from 19 July, while Moroccan national carrier Royal Maroc also expects the ban to be lifted next week.

Also read: This handbag was banned from a flight from Newcastle Airport over safety fears


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