Now the US laptop ban has been lifted for Qatar Airways

Courtney Goldsmith
Follow Courtney
Staff members walk past the first-ever B
Qatar Airways joins a number of other airlines in announcing a lift on the ban (Source: Getty)

Qatar Airways today joined Emirates, Turkish Airlines and Etihad Airways in announcing a lifting of the US laptop ban on their flights.

The airline announced passengers travelling to the US can carry their laptops and other large electronics on board.

The US imposed a ban on devices larger than a smartphone in the cabin on direct flights from 10 airports in Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey from March over security concerns.

Read more: Shares in American Airlines fly as Qatar eyes 10 per cent stake

"Qatar Airways is pleased to confirm that with immediate effect, all personal electronic devices can be carried on board all departures from Hamad International Airport, Doha, to destinations in the United States," the firm said in a statement.

"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."

The US announced new security measures for flights to the country late last month. Airlines that don't meet the new requirements will face in-cabin electronics restrictions.

Read more: Now Trump's team could expand its airline laptop ban to Europe

Related articles