Qatar Airways gets rid of electronic ban on flights to United States

Posted on by Suman Karki

Qatar Airways gets rid of electron ban on its flight to United States. The airline on Thursday said that “with immediate effect, all personal electronic devices can be carried on board all departures from Hamad International Airport (hub of Qatar Airways) to destinations in the United States”.

The new security measures from the US Department of Homeland Security have been fulfilled by Qatar Airways and its hub Hamad International Airport. The company said in a statement, “we would like to express our thanks to the US and local authorities for their support during this process.”

Instituted in March, the laptop ban saw US authorities prevent passengers at particular airports bound for the United States from taking any electronic device larger than 16×9.3×1.5cm onto the plane with them. Passengers were instead required to pack devices into checked luggage, although smartphones and medical equipment were exempt.

Earlier this week, US lifted electronic ban on Emirates, Etihad and Turkish Airlines flight. The restrictions got exempted after the US Secretary of Homeland Security enhanced their security measures in airports.

The ban had previously hit passengers from Muslim-majority nations in the Middle East and North Africa including Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

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