USA lifts 'electronics ban' on Emirates, Etihad, Qatar flights

Travel News 12 Jul 2017

The United States has stepped down its ‘electronics ban’ on all Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways flights from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha to the USA, with passengers again able to carry larger electronic devices like laptops, tablets and noise-cancelling headphones into the aircraft cabin, effective immediately.

The ban originally came into effect in March this year with almost no prior notice, which saw many business and leisure travellers forced to place their gadgets into their checked luggage – or ‘gate check’ these items for later collection – making them out of reach throughout long flights from the Middle East to the US.

“Emirates has been working hard in coordination with various aviation stakeholders and the local authorities to implement heightened security measures and protocols that meet the requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security’s new security guidelines for all US bound flights,” a spokesperson for the airline told Australian Business Traveller.

“We would like to express our gratitude to the US and local authorities for their support and thank our customers for their understanding and patience during the last few months when the ban was in place,” the spokesperson added.

A statement released by Etihad Airways earlier this week also affirmed that “additional security checks also mean you can now take all your electronic devices safely on board with you” on flights from Abi Dhabi International Airport to the United States.