Qatar Airways joins Gulf carriers in getting off US laptop ban list – Chicago Tribune

Qatar Airways joined two other major long-haul Gulf carriers on Thursday in getting off a U.S. ban on laptops and large electronics in airplane cabins, despite facing logistical challenges amid the country’s diplomatic dispute with several Arab nations.

Doha-based Qatar Airways, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, Dubai-based Emirates and Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines all have put security procedures in place to satisfy American authorities. U.S. officials instituted the ban in March across 10 Middle East cities over concerns Islamic State fighters and other extremists could hide bombs inside of laptops.

Qatar Airways said that with “immediate effect, all personal electronic devices can be carried on board all departures from Hamad International Airport to destinations in the United States.” Hamad in Doha is the hub of Qatar Airways.

“Qatar Airways and Hamad International Airport have met with all requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security‘s new security guidelines and we would like to express our thanks to the U.S. and local authorities for their support during this process,” the airline said in a statement. “We would also like to thank our loyal passengers for their understanding and patience while the ban has been in place.”

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