Earlier this year, the U.S. banned electronics on flights from eight Muslim countries. Even though there was a word it could happen on all international flights, the U.S. government has decided to lift the electronics ban altogether. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the security measures have been enhanced, so there is no need to rely on electronics ban for the increase of safety.
The spokesman of DHS, David Lapan, wrote that all the restrictions on large electronics have now been lifted from 10 airports and 9 airlines.
With enhanced security measures in place, all restrictions on large PEDs announced in March for 10 airports/9 airlines have been lifted.
— DHS Spokesperson (@SpoxDHS) July 19, 2017
The ban affected eight countries: Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The affected airports were:
- Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)
- Cairo International Airport (CAI)
- Ataturk International Airport (IST)
- King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED)
- King Khalid International Airport (RUH)
- Kuwait International Airport (KWI)
- Mohammed V International Airport (CMN)
- Hamad International Airport (DOH), Dubai International Airport (DXB)
- Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).
According to Lapan, all 180 airlines and over 280 LPD airports around the world have implemented the first phase of enhanced security measures. As NPR reports, this involves increased security, improved screening protocols, better technology and even “better explosive-detecting dogs.”
With the new measures, apparently, the security should be higher and the danger of a terrorist attack decreased. So, you will be safer, but also be allowed again to bring your camera, laptop, and tablet in the carry-on.