The Trump administration has ended its four-month laptop ban on inbound flights from the Middle East and North Africa.
The policy was curbed after King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, became the last of 10 terminals to have its restrictions lifted.
David Lapan, the US department of homeland security (DHS) spokesperson confirmed the ban’s ending in a tweet yesterday (July 19).
The ban has now been lifted on all nine airlines affected including Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and Royal Jordanian.
Officials lifted the ban after visiting the 10 airports to confirm new security measures, which US security chiefs 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 UK continues to enforce a similar cabin electronics ban on flights from some airports in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
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