Qatar Airways Says Electronics Ban In US-Bound Flights Lifted

Qatar Airways Says Electronics Ban In US-Bound Flights Lifted

Qatar Airways Says Electronics Ban In US-Bound Flights Lifted

USA airlines want to push Gulf carriers out of America so they can "swindle" their own passengers with higher fares, the controversial CEO of Qatar Airways said in Dublin yesterday.

"The airline gained the exemption earlier today after US officials inspected the security measures in full operation at Qatar's state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport", Qatar said in a statement Thursday.

Last week, US Homeland Security announced measures including enhanced screening, more thorough vetting of passengers and the wider use of bomb-sniffer dogs for US-bound flights from 105 countries.

Passengers will now be allowed to carry all personal electronics items on board Qatar Airways flights originating from Hamad International Airport in Qatar's capital Doha. "All personal electronic devices can be carried on board all departures from Hamad International Airport to destinations in the United States".

Qatar announced recently that it intends to make an initial investment of 4.75 per cent in American Airlines with the aim of building a passive stake of up to 10 per cent in the U.S. carrier.

With Melbourne the original home of Qatar Airways Down Under, the airline has recently introduced its flagship Airbus A380 to its Melbourne-Doha route.

One of the world's fastest-growing airlines, Qatar Airways also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including Best Airline in the Middle East, World's Best Business Class and World's Best First Class Airline Lounge.

Qatar Airways said a US ban on electronic devices larger than a smartphone in cabins was lifted Thursday.

Countries affected by the United Kingdom ban are Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey.

Airlines that fail to meet the new security requirements could still face in-cabin electronics restrictions.

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has said it expects the ban to be lifted on flights from Jeddah and Riyadh by July 19.

Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways and Royal Air Maroc remain on the list of airlines affected under the current laptop ban.

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