United States ends laptop ban on Saudi Arabian Airlines

US lifts laptop ban for flights of Saudi Arabian Airlines

US lifts laptop ban on Saudi Arabian Airlines flights

On its website Saudi Arabian Airlines confirmed that its two hub airports which serve the USA have received clearance from the DHS. Government officials will visit Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport "later this week to confirm compliance there as well", spokesman James Gregory said.

It comes after the U.S. lifted the laptop ban on Sunday for Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to the US.

In total these enhanced requirements affect 325,000 airline passengers on about 2,000 commercial flights arriving daily in the United States, on 180 airlines from 280 airports in 105 countries.

Saudia is the sole carrier operating direct flights between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States.

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The measures were presented as an alternative the so-called "laptop ban" that restricted large electronics in cabins on flights coming from certain airports in the Middle East.

The ban, put in place in March, covered direct flights to the U.S. by a number of carriers from Muslim-majority countries.

Since then, all 10 airports and the airlines flying from them have installed new equipment or strengthened procedures to protect against a laptop bomb, and the restrictions have been lifted. For the ban has now been lifted, the passengers on all the 9 affected airlines will be able to carry their laptops with themselves.

Ironically, on the same day, air passengers from nearly 300 worldwide airports on planes bound for the USA would also experience stepped-up security measures, US News reported. In another directive released by the USA authorities, all the airlines and airport authorities have been asked to increase security checks for the passengers.

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It requires enhanced passenger screening at foreign airports, increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas, and more checks by sniffer dogs.

Airlines that don't make the changes could get hit with an in-cabin electronics ban.

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