MIAMI – Yesterday, Royal Jordanian and Kuwait Airways announced that the electronics ban has been lifted for their flights to the United States.
— Kuwait Airways (@KuwaitAirways) July 9, 2017
— Royal Jordanian (@RoyalJordanian) July 9, 2017
Both carriers said they had worked with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to tighten security checks on their flights from Kuwait and Jordan.
Royal Jordanian and Kuwait Airways are the latest Middle Eastern airlines to let passengers take large electronic devices into the cabin on U.S. bound flights. Last week Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Emirates Airlines announced that the ban had been lifted.
The March electronics ban enacted affected travelers flying nonstop to the U.S. from 8 countries (Egypt, UAE, Turkey, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia). The United Kingdom joined the U.S. in banning large electronics in the cabin on flights from most of these countries, with the UAE and Qatar excluded.
The European Union, however, declined to join the U.S. and U.K. in banning cabin electronics from those countries. In May, there were rumors about a ban expansion into all flights from Europe to the U.S. Even though it wasn’t confirmed, United States Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said no expansion was announced but that it “is still on the table.”