The Department of Homeland Security has removed its ban on the carriage of large personal electronic devices on aircraft departing from the US to Jordan and Kuwait. Royal Jordanian and Kuwait Airways are the latest Middle Eastern airlines to receive reprieve from the DHS after Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways were exempted from the ban last week.
The original ban, which applied to ten airports across the Middle East from Morocco to Saudi Arabia, has been whittled down to four: Cairo, Egypt; Casablanca, Morocco; and Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The relaxation of the so-called laptop ban has been the result of the installment of additional security measures signed off by the DHS at airports in the Middle East.
The removal of the personal electronics ban at certain Middle Eastern Airports is the latest twist in the roller coaster ride the travelling public and Middle Eastern airlines have experienced at the hands of the DHS. As recently as June the DHS was considering the expansion of the PED ban to a large swath of European airports, a move that drew considerable pushback from US and European airlines, along with EU regulators.
The DHS thus decided to switch gears and push for the implementation of more stringent security measures at airports, a shift that has since allowed Middle Eastern carriers off the hook--as long as airports comply with the DHS’ desired level of security.
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