Saudi air­line says US lap­top ban lifted

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Saudi Ara­bia’s na­tional car­rier said a US ban on lap­tops and tablets in the cab­ins of its US-bound planes had been lifted yes­ter­day. The king­dom’s civil avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties in­formed Sau­dia that the ban had been lifted af­ter a US team in­spected se­cu­rity mea­sures at air­ports in Riyadh and Jed­dah, the air­line’s spokesman Ab­dul­rah­man al-Taieb said. Wash­ing­ton in March barred all elec­tronic de­vices larger than a mo­bile phone in the cab­ins of di­rect flights to the United States from 10 air­ports in Tur­key, the Mid­dle East and North Africa, only al­low­ing them in hold lug­gage.

The ban was brought in af­ter in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials learned of ef­forts by ji­hadists from the Is­lamic State group to pro­duce a bomb that could be hid­den in­side such de­vices. Wash­ing­ton said it would abol­ish the ban for com­pa­nies that im­ple­mented new safety mea­sures. Sau­dia, also known as Saudi Ara­bian Air­lines, was the last car­rier to have its ban lifted. —AFP

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