Emirates ends laptop ban

US-bound flights subject to greater security, but devices are now permitted

Following news that Etihad had conformed to updated security standards laid out by the US, Emirates has now confirmed it has lifted the laptop and devices ban imposed earlier this year.

The airline has said in a statement that it has been in co-operation with the US and international aviation authorities to come to an agreement on heightened security, meaning devices and laptops can be carried in hand luggage once again.

“Emirates has been working hard in co-ordination 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,” the airline 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.”

The announcement was made with immediate effect.

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