US lap­top ban lifted in Egypt, Morocco

Kuwait Times - - NEWS -

Egypt and Morocco’s air­lines have said a ban against carry-on lap­tops on US-bound flights has been lifted, leav­ing only two Saudi air­ports un­der the re­stric­tions put in place in March. Morocco’s Royal Air Maroc said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that the ban, im­posed amid fears the Is­lamic State group was de­vel­op­ing a bomb con­cealed in elec­tron­ics, would be lifted as of to­day. Egyp­tAir said late that the United States had also lifted the ban for the car­rier’s flights to New York from yes­ter­day.

The ban re­mains in place for Saudi Ara­bia’s two main in­ter­na­tional air­ports in Riyadh and Jed­dah. The orig­i­nal ban af­fected air­ports in Morocco, Egypt, Jor­dan, Saudi Ara­bia, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emi­rates, as well as Turkey. But last month, the US Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity is­sued di­rec­tives to 180 car­ri­ers around the world fly­ing into the United States to im­prove se­cu­rity pro­ce­dures, espe­cially in screen­ing bag­gage and elec­tron­ics. — AFP

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