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Qatar Airways removed from United States laptop ban list

Qatar Airways removed from United States laptop ban list

The electronics ban imposed on flights from Doha to the USA was lifted on Thursday, Qatar Airways said, following similar announcements by airlines based in Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

It is the latest carrier after Abu Dhabi's Etihad, Dubai's Emirates and Turkish Airlines to meet new rules imposed by Washington in March for direct flights from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa. Etihad Airways on Sunday became the first Gulf-region carrier to gain US approval to allow passengers to carry personal electronics devices with them inside aircraft cabins.

Hamad International Airport in Doha is the hub of Qatar Airways.

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The airline did not discuss specifics about what it did to appease U.S. officials.

Qatar Airways said all personal electronic devices can be carried on board US-bound flights with immediate effect after it met all security requirements.

Qatar got this relief a day after United States lifted a similar ban on Emirates and Turkish.

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has refused to detail all the new requirements for security reasons, but they include greater scrutiny of passengers entering the U.S., enhanced screening of electronic devices and better deployment of canines that detect explosives.

Saudi Arabia's national carrier, Saudia, said Tuesday it was working to implement the DHS measures and aims to have the ban lifted by July 19.

The US laptop ban still applies to nonstop US-bound flights from six airports in Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt, Cairo, Saudi Arabia and Morocco.

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Among other things, users can tell the speaker to play music or read the news, add events to the calendar, or locate their phone. China's Alibaba is one of the world's largest internet ecommerce sites, and it just announced its own rival to Amazon Echo .

Other airlines affected by the ban include Royal Jordanian, Kuwait Airways, EgyptAir and Royal Air Maroc.


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