The US laptop ban has been lifted on Emirates and Turkish Airlines

Rebecca Smith
The airline had been working with US authorities to meet requirements of new security guidelines
The airline had been working with US authorities to meet requirements of new security guidelines (Source: Getty)

Emirates and Turkish Airlines have announced the cabin ban for laptops on their flights to the US has been lifted.

Middle Eastern carrier Emirates flies to 12 US cities and had been affected by the changes introduced by the US in March.

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The airline said in a statement that it had been in cooperation with US authorities to come to an agreement over new security measures, so devices can be carried in hand luggage again.

An Emirates spokesperson said:

Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to the USA.

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.

In a statement on its website, Turkish Airlines said passengers could carry "all electronic devices on board". On Twitter, its chief executive Bilal Eksi said the airline expects a ban on carrying electronic devices in cabins on flights from Turkey to Britain to be lifted soon too.

Devices larger than a smartphone were banned from the cabin for flights from Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, over security concerns.

Emirates had previously outlined its plans to minimise disruption from the ban, giving passengers the chance to hand in devices as they board, rather than checking them in with their luggage. So they would be able to use laptops at the airport, during layovers and on other legs of a trip.

The change comes after the US lifted the laptop ban on Sunday for Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to the US, after the airline and airport met new security standards.

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