US lifts laptop ban on flights to the US from Saudi Arabia

The Trump administration on Monday lifted the laptop ban on passengers flying on Saudia, the last airline facing in-flight restrictions on electronics, from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Saudia, or Saudi Arabia Airlines, flies to the U.S. from airports in two cities in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah and Riyadh. TSA confirmed in two tweets that passengers on flights from Jeddah International Airport are able to bring laptops on their planes to the United States.

“Saudia / Jeddah In’t have implemented the required initial enhanced security measures,” TSA tweeted. “Travelers from Jeddah are now allowed to bring devices in the cabin of US bound flights.”

Saudia said in a statement that it expected the laptop ban to be lifted by July 19, and Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan told Reuters that that was a “realistic” date.

In March, the U.S. banned electronics from in-cabin use from 10 airports from Middle Eastern and African nations flying to the United States out of fear that terrorists could hide explosives in them. Since then, they have gradually lifted the restrictions, and lifted the ban on EgyptAir and Morocco’s Air Maroc last week.

Instead, Homeland Security officials will allow passengers to carry electronics larger than a cellphone on flights if they comply to more advanced security measures like extra screening and bomb-sniffing dogs, NBC reported.

NBC quoted a DHS official as saying, “We could ban the devices outright. But we have chosen measures that address the risk without removing the devices from airplanes.”

Source:  Washington Examiner

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