US lifts laptop ban for all remaining airlines and airports

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23rd Jul 2017

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The U.S. has now lifted entirely a controversial ban on laptops in hand luggage for passengers flying to the country from the Middle East or via certain Middle Eastern airlines, with the Department of Homeland Security professing itself satisfied with enhanced security measures in place.

It had already lifted the ban for three major airlines, earlier this month. But late yesterday an official tweeted that all restrictions had been lifted for remaining airlines and airports.

The laptop ban, which also barred other large electronic devices such as tablets and e-readers from hand luggage, was initiated in March. It immediately covered all flights to U.S. destinations from 10 airports in the Middle East, including major travel hubs such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha, as well as nine airlines.

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