Now the United States laptop ban has been lifted for Qatar Airways

Now the United States laptop ban has been lifted for Qatar Airways

The US authorities have lifted the ban on electrical items being carried in the cabin of US-bound flights operated by Etihad, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines.

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

The ban still applies to US -bound flights from airports in Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. It follows announcements from Emirates, Turkish Airlines and Etihad Airlines that the US had lifted restrictions on passengers carrying such devices on USA -bound flights.

As part of new security protocols implemented in March, the U.S. has banned all electronic devices larger than SmartPhones in cabins on US-bound flights originating from 10 airports in eight countries, citing the threats of hidden bombs.

IAG SA's British Airways is responding to a strike by London Heathrow-based cabin crews by deploying planes from top shareholder Qatar Airways Ltd. "In today's day and age, we have so much advancement and detection systems, that we should utilize them and not shoot from the hip".

Middle East carriers saw demand rise by 3.7 percent in May compared with a year earlier, close to an eight-year low, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Thursday.

The figure represents a almost eight-year low in growth.

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

Qatar Airways' CEO, Akbar Al Baker, said last month the company is scheduling more flights to other destinations to make up for the lost business.

In a statement, the airline said restrictions on carrying items like laptops and iPads onboard direct flights to the United States had been lifted "with immediate effect".

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