by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – The Department of Homeland Security has lifted its controversial electronics ban from three more airports, after airlines rushed to comply with new security rules ordered last week by the Trump administration.
Electronic devices larger than a smartphone may now be used in the cabin of U.S.-bound flights from Dubai International Airport (DXB), Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (IST), and Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH).
The Transportation Security Administration announced that Emirates Airlines and Turkish Airlines, the only carriers that operate non-stop flights to the United States from DXB and IST airports, “have implemented the required initial enhanced security measures,” necessary to be exempt from the original ban implemented in March.
On Twitter, Emirates said electronics were once again allowed onboard “effective immediately.”
On its website, the carrier issued a statement, which said in part:
“Emirates has been working hard in coordination with various aviation stakeholders and the local authorities to implement heightened security measures and protocols that meet the requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security’s new security guidelines for all US bound flights. We would like to express our gratitude to the US and local authorities for their support and thank our customers for their understanding and patience during the last few months when the ban was in place.”
Turkish Airlines posted a video on Twitter to announce the change, writing:
“Your laptops, tablets, cameras and other electronic devices are passengers to the United States again!”
The video included the words, “laptop, tablet, e-reader, camera, dvd player” on a mock departure board that said, “Boarding.”
All of those large electronic devices, under the ban, have to be checked in the cargo hold.
Early Thursday morning, Qatar Airways announced it, too, had won approval to allow electronics back onboard.
“Qatar Airways and Hamad International Airport have met with all requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security’s new security guidelines and we would like to express our thanks to the US and local authorities for their support during this process. We would also like to thank our loyal passengers for their understanding and patience while the ban has been in place,” the carrier’s statement said.
Electronics Ban Lifted After ‘Swift’ Action
On Sunday, Abu Dhabi became the first international airport to have the restrictions lifted, after dominant carrier Etihad put new security measures in place there.
“Kudos to @EtihadAirways for swift security changes. Passengers will now be able to bring [personal electronic devices] into the cabin of their US-bound flights,” Lapan wrote.
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