Egypt Air off laptop ban

September 4, 2017 by  
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CAIRO, 4 September 2017: Passengers flying with EgyptAir from Cairo to Britain will again be allowed to carry personal electronic devices in aircraft cabins, the North African country’s national carrier said on Friday.

The United States instituted the laptop ban in March for eight North African and Middle East countries based on intelligence that the Islamic State group was working to build a bomb into a tablet or laptop.

Britain followed suit and banned similar-sized electronics on direct flights from Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia. Read more

UK eases laptop ban

August 7, 2017 by  
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AMNAN, 7 August 2017: Britain at the weekend lifted a ban on personal electronic devices for flights from Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport to the United Kingdom, the national carrier Royal Jordanian said.

“Royal Jordanian passengers are allowed to carry these electronic devices in the cabin,” the airline said in a statement referring to large phones, laptops and tablets.

The United States instituted the laptop ban in March for eight North African and Middle East countries based on intelligence that the Islamic State group was working to build a bomb into a tablet or laptop. Read more

Saudi exits laptop ban

July 21, 2017 by  
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RIYADH, 21 July 2017: Saudi Arabia’s national carrier said a US ban on laptops and tablets in the cabins of its US-bound planes had been lifted, Wednesday.

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. Read more

Four airports under US laptop ban

July 13, 2017 by  
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WASHINGTON, 14 July 2017: Four airports remain under a ban for carry-on laptops on US-bound flights, imposed amid fears that Islamic State is developing a bomb concealed in personal electronics, officials said Tuesday.

The ban remains in place for Saudi Arabia’s two main international airports, in Riyadh and Jeddah, as well as Egypt’s Cairo International and Morocco’s Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, the Department of Homeland Security said.

Six other airports across the Middle East have been removed from the ban, originally put in place 21 March, after improving security procedures. Read more

US eases ban for more airlines

July 11, 2017 by  
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AMMAN: 11 July 2017: Royal Jordanian Airlines said on Sunday it has won an exemption from a US ban on passengers carrying laptops and tablet computers on flights from its hub in Amman.

The announcement comes more than three months after the United States prohibited such devices on flights from 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa as well as Turkey.

In news released Monday, it was confirmed that Kuwait Airways is now also on the list of airlines exempt from the so called ‘laptop ban’. Read more

Qatar wins laptop ban exemption

July 7, 2017 by  
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DOHA, 7 July 2017: Qatar Airways announced on Thursday that it had won exemption from a US ban on passengers taking laptops and tablet computers on flights from its Doha hub.

It is the latest carrier after Abu Dhabi’s Etihad, Dubai’s Emirates and Turkish Airlines all met new rules imposed by Washington in March for direct flights from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa.

“Qatar Airways is pleased to confirm that with immediate effect, all personal electronic devices can be carried on board all departures from Hamad International Airport to the United States,” the airline said. Read more

Laptops back in Emirates cabin

July 6, 2017 by  
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DUBAI, 6 July 2017: Emirates airline announced, Wednesday, that it had won an exemption from a US ban on passengers taking laptops and tablet computers on flights from its base in Dubai.

Emirates is the third carrier after neighbouring Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and Turkish Airlines to win a reprieve from the new rules Washington imposed three months ago on direct flights from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa.

“The ban on electronic devices has been lifted with immediate effect for flights to destinations in the United States,” an airline spokesman told AFP. Read more

Turkey confident laptop ban will go

July 5, 2017 by  
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ANKARA, 5 July 2017: The United States is set to lift a ban on carrying large electronic devices, such as laptops, in the cabin of US-bound flights from Turkey’s main international airport, Turkish Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said on Tuesday.

Arslan was quoted by state-run news agency Anadolu as saying the ban would be lifted 5 July following a visit by a US delegation.

Its removal would come after Turkey began using highly sophisticated tomography devices for X-ray and ultrasound at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, he said. Read more

Etihad escapes laptop ban

July 3, 2017 by  
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WASHINGTON, 3 July 2017: The United States has lifted a ban on passengers taking laptops and tablet computers on Etihad Airways flights from its base in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, authorities said Sunday.

The move — welcomed by Etihad — comes more than three months after the United States prohibited such devices on direct flights from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa.

Etihad is the first airliner to benefit from a lift in the ban, which specified that carry-on laptops and other electronic devices larger than cellphones would not be permitted in the cabin on direct flights from the airports, including Abu Dhabi. Read more

Israeli spies exposed Laptop threat

June 13, 2017 by  
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WASHINGTON, 13 June 2017: Israeli government spies hacked into the operations of Islamic State bomb makers to discover they were developing a laptop computer bomb to blow up a commercial aircraft, The New York Times reported Monday.

The Times said the work by Israeli cyber operators was a rare success of Western intelligence against the constantly evolving, encryption-protected and social media-driven cyber operations of the extremist group.

It said the Israeli hackers penetrated the small Syria-based cell of bomb makers months ago, an effort that led to the 21 March ban on carry-on laptops and other electronics larger than cell phones on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa. Read more

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