US lifts lap­top ban from Kuwait Air­ways flights Royal Jor­da­nian also ex­empted

US of­fi­cials in­spect se­cu­rity mea­sures Royal JOR­DA­NIAN ALSO EX­EMPTED

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Kuwait Air­ways yes­ter­day an­nounced that its pas­sen­gers will be able to carry per­sonal elec­tronic items on board all US-bound flights de­part­ing from Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port. The US Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion lifted the ban on elec­tronic de­vices on­board Kuwait Air­ways flights after US of­fi­cials in­spected the se­cu­rity mea­sures on Kuwait Air­ways flights. Fol­low­ing this an­nounce­ment, pas­sen­gers on­board Kuwait Air­ways flights from Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port to JFK Air­port in New York will be able to en­joy un­in­ter­rupted use of all of their per­sonal elec­tronic de­vices.

Com­ment­ing on the lift­ing of the ban, Sami Fahd Al-Rushaid, Chair­man of the Board of Di­rec­tors of Kuwait Air­ways, said: “Safety, se­cu­rity and com­pli­ance with in­ter­na­tional safety reg­u­la­tions are al­ways our top pri­or­i­ties at Kuwait Air­ways and we are de­lighted to an­nounce to our pas­sen­gers that the elec­tron­ics ban has been lifted on all Kuwait Air­ways flights de­part­ing Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port to the United States.”

He added: “The se­cu­rity mea­sures in place at Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port which are ap­plied on Kuwait Air­ways flights are fully com­pli­ant with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. This al­lows us to con­tinue to pro­vide ser­vices to our pas­sen­gers fly­ing to the United States or any of our 38-des­ti­na­tion in­ter­na­tional net­work with our re­vamped fleet that in­cludes the ar­rival of the remaining two from our order of 10 ul­tra-long-haul air­craft Boe­ing 777-300ER, which will be in com­mer­cial service by Q3 2017, in ad­di­tion to 25 new Air­bus air­craft in­clud­ing 15 A320­neo and 10 from the A350 fam­ily of air­craft which are set to be de­liv­ered from 2019.”

Mean­while, Royal Jor­da­nian Air­lines said yes­ter­day it has also won an ex­emp­tion from the US ban on flights from its hub in Amman. “En­hanced se­cu­rity mea­sures are now im­ple­mented to meet the re­quire­ments of the US De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity’s new se­cu­rity guide­lines for all US bound flights,” Royal Jor­da­nian chief ex­ec­u­tive Ste­fan Pich­ler said in a state­ment. “We are glad that our guests can now fly on­board RJ and use their elec­tronic de­vices,” from Amman’s Queen Alia In­ter­na­tional Air­port, he added. Saudi Ara­bia’s flag­ship air­line, Sau­dia, said it ex­pects the United States to lift the ban on its flights on or be­fore July 19. The United States has said it will abol­ish the ban for air­lines that im­ple­ment new safety mea­sures. — Agen­cies

BHUBANESWAR, In­dia: Kuwaiti run­ner Ibrahim Al-Thifeeri re­acts after win­ning gold in the men’s 800m race on the fi­nal day of the 22nd Asian Athletics Cham­pi­onships at Kalinga Sta­dium yes­ter­day. — AFP

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