Now This Dubai-Based Airline Has Lifted The US Laptop Ban
Emirates said a block on carrying electronic items into the cabin is no more after implementing extra security measures.
Flying to the US from Dubai any time soon? Your trip just got a more straightforward.
The electronics ban imposed earlier this year has just been lifted on Emirates flights from Dubai International Airport to the States, the carrier just confirmed.
Even better? It’s effective immediately, so if you’re flying later tonight or tomorrow, you can now keep your laptop and tablet with you.
“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,” the airline said in a statement.
“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.”
In March, the US banned passengers from eight Muslim-majority countries – including the UAE – from carrying laptops, tablets and e-readers in their hand luggage, citing terrorism concerns.
However, last week the US Transport Security Administration announced that instead of rolling out the electronics ban worldwide, it was introducing tougher security standards for all flights to the US. As long as airports could meet these requirements, electronics would not be banned from flights.
Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad was the first of the UAE’s carriers to confirm the ban was no longer enforced on their flights, with Emirates – which flies to 12 destinations in the US – following suit just two days later.
Turkish Airlines have also since lifted the ban on flights, as have Qatar Airways.
Previously, airlines affected by the electronics ban had been forced to come up with creative solutions for their customers. Emirates had been offering a special laptop and tablet handling service, so customers could keep using their devices right up until boarding time.
Meanwhile, Royal Jordanian Airlines held a poetry competition to give passengers something to do during their flight – with the prize being free flights to the US.