U.S. Ends Laptop Ban On Flights From Middle East

The United States has ended the ban on large electronics in the cabins of airlines that it announced in March.

King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was the last airport to be taken off the Department of Homeland Security’s ban list, which originally affected 10 airports and nine airlines, mostly Middle Eastern carriers.

DHS spokesman David Lapan tweeted Wednesday evening that the restrictions on large electronics had been lifted. “With enhanced security measures in place, all restrictions on large PEDs announced in March for 10 airports/9 airlines have been lifted,” he wrote.

The DHS had banned electronic devices larger than a smartphone in the cabins of airplanes on direct flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa. The ban affected airports in eight countries: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.

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