Ban on air­line lap­tops lifted

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THE US Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion said on Mon­day it was lift­ing a ban on pas­sen­gers on Saudi Ara­bian Air­lines car­ry­ing large elec­tron­ics such as lap­tops on US-bound flights, the last car­rier un­der the re­stric­tions. In March, US of­fi­cials im­posed re­stric­tions on pas­sen­gers car­ry­ing lap­tops and other large elec­tronic gear in cab­ins on nine air­lines, most of which were Mid­dle East­ern car­ri­ers, to ad­dress the po­ten­tial threat of hid­den ex­plo­sives. Last month, US of­fi­cials an­nounced new se­cu­rity re­quire­ments for all air­lines, rather than an ex­pan­sion of the lap­top ban, and have been drop­ping the re­stric­tions from air­lines as they boosted se­cu­rity. On Thurs­day, the US De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity is­sued a re­vised di­rec­tive to air­lines around the world in re­sponse to re­quests that it clar­ify avi­a­tion se­cu­rity mea­sures sched­uled to be­gin tak­ing ef­fect later this week. An air­line of­fi­cial briefed on the mat­ter said the di­rec­tive gave air­lines more flex­i­bil­ity and ad­di­tional time to ob­tain ex­plo­sive trace de­tec­tion equip­ment. The of­fi­cial was not au­tho­rised to dis­cuss sen­si­tive se­cu­rity is­sues with the me­dia and re­quested anonymity. – Reuters

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