U.S. Lifts Laptop Ban on Flights From Turkey, Dubai

Turkish and Emirates airlines accepting passengers with electronic devices on America-bound flights, as are flights from Abu Dhabi

Baggage and a laptop are scanned at Terminal 4 of JFK airport in New York City on May 17, 2017.
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A three-month-old ban on taking electronic devices such as laptops into aircraft cabins on flights from Turkey to the United States was lifted on Wednesday, the private Dogan news agency reported. Dubai-based Emirates airlines also says the U.S. has exempted it from the ban. 

On Wednesday morning, Turkish Airlines accepted passengers with electronic devices onto its 6:45 A.M. flight from Istanbul's Ataturk Airport to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Soon after, the Middle East's biggest long-haul carrier Emirates airlines said in a statement Wednesday that new security measures were in place and the ban had been lifted "effectively immediately." This follows Abu Dhabi-based Etihad being exempted from the ban.

On March 25, the United States banned electronic devices larger than a mobile phone from cabins on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in eight countries - Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey - to address fears that bombs could be concealed in electronic devices. 

Turkish Airlines also expects the similar ban on flights from Turkey to Britain to be lifted soon, Chief Executive Bilal Eksi said on Twitter on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabian Airlines has said it hopes to be off the ban list "on or before July 19."