Emirates passengers can now carry laptops on flights to US

Electronic Ban on Turkish Airlines' US flights end too

DUBAI 6 July 2017: Emirates airline on Wednesday announced that the ban on its flights from Dubai have been lifted with immediate effect.

Etihad Airways was the first from the region to be allowed electronics onboard flights to the US [see below].

In a statement, an Emirates spokesperson said, “Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to the US.

“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,” it added.

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Electronics ban on Turkish Airlines US flights ends too

ANKARA: The electronic ban concerning electronic devices that was implemented on US arrival flights since March 25, 2017 has ended Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Yesterday morning, Turkish Airlines passengers travelling to New York John F. Kennedy International Airport from İstanbul Atatürk Airport carried their electronic devices on the 6:45 am flight number TK-3.

After lifting the ban on this first flight, Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines 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.

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“75 per cent of devices were laptops and tablets while 25 per cent of devices consisted of cameras, GPS devices and kindles.

“I would like to express my gratitude to all my colleagues who carried out this operation with a sense of mission and sensibility.”

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By Eudore R. Chand