Emi­rates lifts ban on lap­tops

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL -

EMI­RATES, the world’s big­gest long-haul air­line, said that mea­sures bar­ring lap­tops from the cab­ins of air­craft de­part­ing its Dubai base for the US have been lifted, leav­ing Qatar Air­ways as the only ma­jor car­rier still af­fected by the ban. The mora­to­rium which was im­posed in March, has been re­moved yes­ter­day fol­low­ing work with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and reg­u­la­tors on im­ple­ment­ing the “height­ened se­cu­rity mea­sures and pro­to­cols” that had been re­quired by the US De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, Emi­rates said. Dubai be­comes the third ma­jor hub to nor­malise ac­cess to per­sonal de­vices on US-bound flights. Is­tan­bul, home base to Turk­ish Air­lines, also de­clared it­self free of the ban yes­ter­day, af­ter say­ing on Mon­day that the re­stric­tions would be dropped, while Eti­had Air­ways’ hub Abu Dhabi se­cured ex­emp­tion last Sun­day, aided by the pres­ence of a US “pre-clear­ance” bor­der post there. – Bloomberg

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