The laptop ban has been lifted on all Emirates flights to the US
That’s right, you can now bring your laptops and tablets on all Emirates flights.
Emirates flights to the US are no longer subject to the ban on large electronic devices – starting right now.
Dubai Airports said on Wednesday morning the lift on the ban was “effective immediately”.
Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for Emirates’ flights from Dubai International to the USA.
— Dubai Airports (@DubaiAirports) July 5, 2017
“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,” Emirates said in a statement.
“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.”
In March, the US banned passengers in eight Muslim-majority countries – including the UAE – from bringing large electronic devices into plane cabins, citing terrorist concerns.
Emirates was forced to cut flights on five US routes because of reduced demand, partly due to the laptop ban. Emirates flies to 12 cities in the US.
On Sunday, Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad Airways announced that it had received approval to lift the electronics ban on its flights to the US, also after implementing new security measures.