Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Turkish Airlines announced that ban on electronic devices on board all US-bound flights is lifted. With the lifting of the electronics restrictions, passengers departing to U.S. destinations can carry their personal electronic devices on board, and have uninterrupted use of them for business and leisure purposes throughout their flight. Ban is not lifted for Saudi Arabian Airlines, known as Saudia yet.
“We welcome the decision by the US Department of Homeland Security to lift the electronic devices ban on flights between Abu Dhabi and the United States, following the successful validation of security measures at the US Preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi airport” said Etihad Airways.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said, “We are pleased to announce that the electronics ban has been lifted from Qatar Airways flights departing to all destinations in the U.S. Safety and security are always our highest priority. They are expressed throughout all of our corporate values, and must never be compromised.
Emirates said, “Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to the U.S.A. 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.”
Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines Mr. M. İlker Aycı said; ‘‘During 102 days, 81,736 electronic devices were carefully collected from our passengers at gates by our staff and carried in overprotected baggage on 1,087 flights to the US. 75 percent of devices were laptops and tablets, 25 percent of devices consisted of cameras, GPS devices and e-readers. I would like to express my gratitude to all my colleagues who carried out this operation with a sense of mission and sensibility”.
Saudia expects the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronics on its direct flights to the United States to be lifted by July 19, state news agency SPA reported