Emirates, Turkish freed from laptop ban

US lifts restrictions but warns other airports may be affected
Passengers are cleared again to use laptops and other gadgets on Emirates and Turkish Airlines flights heading to the USA, adding to a process of rolling back the ban that began with Etihad Airways.
The US Department of Homeland Security put controversial restrictions on 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa back in March, over fears terrorists could smuggle explosives inside an electronic device. Now Emirates says the rules are lifted, “effective immediately”.
However, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said last week that the ban could be widened to airports failing to adopt stronger security and passenger screening. The 280 airports around the world that send direct flights to the US must have explosives-detecting scanners within 21 days.
Emirates says it has been “working hard in coordination with various aviation stakeholders and the local authorities to implement heightened security measures and protocols that meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s new security guidelines for all U.S.-bound flights”.
Turkish Airlines, meanwhile, expects a similar ban by the UK to be lifted for its Istanbul hub.
Dow Jones Newswires