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PHOTO: Laptops are part of the electronics ban issued by the U.S. government. (photo via Flickr/Remko van Dokkum)
On the heels of the news that Abu Dhabi and Etihad have been exempted from the Electronics ban, the US Government has announced that the ban on large electronics, such as laptops, has also been lifted for US-bound flights from Dubai on Emirates and from Istanbul on Turkish Airlines.
According to Reuters.com, Emirates and Turkish Airlines have told their customers that they can once again take their laptops into the cabin on flights to the US.
Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Eksi has said that the airline also expects that the ban on flights to England, which was implemented within weeks of the US ban being put in place, will also be lifted soon. The decision to eliminate the restrictions on US-bound flights came after security officials inspected Istanbul's Ataturk Airport Tuesday.
Wednesday's decision comes just days after the government lifted the ban on Etihad Airways' flights to the US from Abu Dhabi International Airport after the facility met the new security measures put forth by the US government.
Emirates officials have said that they have cut flights to five US cities due to the previous restrictions.
In addition, Saudi Arabia Airlines officials expect the ban to be lifted from Jeddah and Riyadh by July 19 of this year.
The ban on laptops and larger electronics went into effect in March and was imposed at 10 airports in eight countries, including Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey.
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