US Electronics Ban lifted on Qatar Airways, Etihad, Emirates, and Turkish Airlines

Back in March, I posted that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was banning all electronic devices bigger than a smartphone onboard all flights from certain Middle Eastern and North African countries to the US. Electronics devices such as laptops, cameras, and tablets needed to be checked-in at the point of origin, or at the gate before boarding US-bound flights. This proved to be very problematic, especially for business travelers who need to work during the flight.

This was a security measure to deter terrorists from hiding explosives inside laptops and other electronic devices.

The electronics ban originally affected the following airports:

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  • Abu Dhabi (AUH) – Etihad
  • Amman  (AMM) – Royal Jordanian
  • Cairo (CAI) – Egyptair
  • Casablanca (CMN) – Royal Air Maroc
  • Doha (DOH) – Qatar Airways
  • Dubai (DXB) – Emirates
  • Jeddah (JED) – Saudia
  • Istanbul (IST) – Turkish Airlines
  • Kuwait City (KWI) – Kuwait Airways
  • Riyadh (RUH) – Saudia

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it may widen the electronics ban to all 280 countries with direct flights to the US, if they fail to adopt expanded security and screening measures for US-bound flights. All airports with direct flights to the US had 21 days to implement the use explosive detecting scanners, and 120 days to implement a more thorough passenger security screening process.

A few days ago, the electronics ban was lifted on Etihad when it implemented additional security screenings for their US-bound flights. Today, Turkish Airlines, and Emirates have also reported that the electronics ban has been lifted on their flights to the US.

Etihad:

Take all your electronics on US flights from Abu Dhabi

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If you are travelling with us to the United States from Abu Dhabi International Airport, you are now able to carry allelectronic devices on board.

Source: Etihad

Etihad is kind of special case, since all their US-bound flights originate from Abu Dhabi airport. As some of you know, Abu Dhabi airport is a US pre-clearance facility which allows you to clear US immigration and Customs even before you depart for the US. This means the flight is treated as a domestic flight when it arrives in the US, and you can just exit without going through inspection.

Turkish Airlines:

Information on our U.S bound flights

If you are travelling to US from İstanbul Atatürk Airport , you can carry your all electronic devices on board.

Source: Turkish Airlines

Emirates:

Travel to the USA: Electronics ban lifted from Dubai

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.

Source: Emirates

This is great news for flyers, but be prepared to undergo a more astringent security screening before boarding your US-bound flight.

Personally, I’m hoping that the ban will be soon be lifted on US- bound Qatar Airways flights from Doha, as we fly them a lot.

More updates to come as things develop…

UPDATE: On July 6, 2017, Qatar Airways announced that the electronics ban has also been lifted on all their flights to the US!

Qatar Airways:

Travel to the United States: Electronics ban lifted

 

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.

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.

We would also like to thank our loyal passengers for their understanding and patience while the ban has been in place.

Updated on 6 July @ 01:58 GMT

 

يسر الخطوط الجوية القطرية أن تؤكد لعملائها أنه بإمكانهم الآن حمل جميع الأجهزة الالكترونية الشخصية على متن جميع الرحلات المغادرة من مطار حمد الدولي إلى مختلف الوجهات في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية.

وتمكنت الخطوط الجوية القطرية ومطار حمد الدولي من تلبية كافة التوجيهات الأمنية الجديدة الصادرة عن وزارة الأمن الداخلي الأمريكية. كما نتوجه بعميق الشكر إلى الولايات المتحدة والسلطات المحلية على دعمهم المتواصل خلال المضي في تطبيق هذه التوجيهات.

وتتقدم الخطوط الجوية القطرية بخالص الشكر إلى مسافريها الأوفياء على تفهمهم وتحليهم بالصبر خلال فترة تنفيذ الحظر.

Source: Qatar Airways

This is great news for Oneworld flyers!

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