Now the U.S. laptop ban has been lifted for Qatar Airways

US laptop ban lifted for flights from Istanbul and Dubai

"The airline gained the exemption earlier today after USA officials inspected the security measures in full operation at Qatar's state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport", Qatar said in a statement Thursday.

In a statement, Thursday, Qatar Airways said the airline met with all new USA security requirements and the ban had been lifted.

Qatar Airways joins other Middle Eastern airline carriers like Emirates, Turkish Airlines, and Etihad Airways who also announced lifting a US ban on their flights this week.

Thursday's development comes close on the heels of the lifting of similar bans on Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi, followed by Turkish Airlines flights from Instanbul and Emirates flights from Dubai.

Earlier this week, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways said passengers on its flights to the United States from Abu Dhabi airport can carry electronic devices on board.

A month ago, it suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt "until further notice" after those countries broke off diplomatic relations and transport links with Qatar.




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IATA said the weaker growth was reflective of the laptop ban on US-bound flights and uncertainty over President Donald Trump's proposed travel bans.

Qatar's announcement comes one day after the electronics ban was lifted for USA -bound Emirates and Turkish Airlines flights from Dubai and Istanbul. Airlines that don't meet the new requirements will face in-cabin electronics restrictions.

Other airlines affected by the ban include Royal Jordanian, Kuwait Airways and EgyptAir.

Additionally, Saudi Arabian Airlines expects its laptop ban to be lifted no later than July 19, according to their state news agency.

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