After being in force for the past several months the ban on carrying portable electronics devices (PEDs) on board Emirates flights to the United States from Dubai International Airport and the carrier’s other operational airports in the Middle East region has been lifted with effect from today (July 5, 2017).
Emirates said: “Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to the USA.”
The Dubai-based airline noted that 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 US Department of Homeland Security’s new security guidelines for all US bound flights.
“We would like to express our gratitude to the US and local authorities for their support and thank our customers for their understanding and patience during the last few months when the ban was in place,” the airline added.
The news of Emirates lifting the electronics ban on its flights to the US follows an earlier announcement this week from Etihad Airways that the Abu Dhavi based carrier had also lifted the electronics ban on board its flights to the United States in cooperation with American and UAE authorities.
In another development, Turkish Airlines also stated today that passengers on board its flights travelling to the US are now permitted to carry their personal electronics on board the flights.
Separately, other national airlines that are based in the Middle East region, including the Saudi national carrier, are expecting to see the electronics’ ban lifted in their case too, following the introduction of unspecified measures to meet security concerns from American authorities.
With effect from March, the United States had imposed the electronics’ ban on passenger flights originating at 10 airports in eight countries – Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey – over concerns that explosive devices could be concealed in electronic devices taken aboard aircraft flying to the US from the 10 airports.