NEWS US laptop ban lifted on Qatar Airways

From Thursday, customers of Qatar Airways leaving Hamad International Airport will be able to take their electronic devices on board with them when travelling to the United States.

“Qatar Airways and Hamad International Airport have met with all requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security’s new security guidelines, and we would like to express our thanks to the US and local authorities for their support during this process,” the company 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.”

Instituted in March, the laptop ban saw US authorities prevent passengers at particular airports bound for the United States from taking any electronic device larger than 16×9.3×1.5cm onto the plane with them. Passengers were instead required to pack devices into checked luggage, although smartphones and medical equipment were exempt.

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