MIAMI – In announcements made on Twitter, Emirates Airlines and Turkish Airlines confirmed that the highly controversial electronics ban has been lifted for all U.S.-bound flights from Dubai International Airport and Istanbul Atatürk Airport.
Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for Emirates’ flights from Dubai International to the USA.
— Dubai Airports (@DubaiAirports) July 5, 2017
— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) July 4, 2017
— Emirates airline (@emirates) July 5, 2017
The announcements come just three days after Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways announced that it would no longer be subject to the electronics ban. In a statement, Etihad said:
We welcome the decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to lift the electronic devices ban on flights between Abu Dhabi and the United States, following the successful validation of security measures at the U.S. Preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi airport earlier today [July 2, 2017]. Effective immediately, the removal of the restrictions allows passengers flying to the U.S. to carry all laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices onto the aircraft, subject to enhanced security measures. We would like to thank our guests for their understanding and loyalty while the ban was in place.
The electronics ban was announced in March and affected travelers flying from eight Middle East and North African countries including Egypt, UAE, Turkey, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia. Today, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates have made steps to no longer be subject to the electronics ban.
Shortly after the United States announced the electronics ban in March, the United Kingdom announced similar restrictions while excluding Qatar and the United Arab Emirates from their list. The European Union did not follow suit and never announced restrictions on electronics from these countries.
Airways will update this story as more information becomes readily available.