Lap­top ban lifted for seven air­lines

USA TODAY International Edition - - LIFE -

Seven of nine for­eign air­lines have been re­moved from the March ban against lap­tops in carry- on bags, even as the U. S. de­mands tighter se­cu­rity on in­ter­na­tional flights.

Egyp­tAir, Kuwait Air­ways and Royal Jor­da­nian Air­lines each an­nounced they were re­moved from the ban on elec­tron­ics larger than cell­phones that the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity tar­geted for di­rect flights to the U. S. from 10 air­ports in eight coun­tries.

Eti­had Air­ways, which has Pre­clear­ance fa­cil­ity from Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion at Abu Dhabi, was the first re­moved from the list on July 2. Emi­rates and Turk­ish air­lines were re­moved July 5, and Qatar Air­ways on July 6.

The de­part­ment adopted the ban be­cause of in­tel­li­gence about ter­ror­ists get­ting bet­ter at hid­ing ex­plo­sives. But the de­part­ment said June 28 that air­lines could get off the list if they adopted tougher se­cu­rity mea­sures re­quired world­wide for de­tect­ing ex­plo­sives and thwart­ing air­port work­ers from smug­gling bombs aboard planes. The steps came af­ter air­line bomb­ings in Egypt and So­ma­lia. The new mea­sures ap­ply to 180 air­lines fly­ing to the U. S. from 280 air­ports in 105 coun­tries.

SEDAT SUNA, EPA

Sev­eral air­lines have been re­moved from the U. S. list ban­ning lap­tops.

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