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EgyptAir: The Latest Airline to Gain Exemption from US Electronics Ban

EgyptAir: The Latest Airline to Gain Exemption from US Electronics Ban

The United States (US) has lifted the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices on U.S.-bound flights from EgyptAir to New York starting 12 July, according to EgyptAir.

Egypt’s Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathi said “the ban lift will be effective of [Wednesday] and the ban continues, however, on EgyptAir flights to London,” according to a statement by EgyptAir.

The Chairman & CEO of EgyptAir Safwat Musallam said that “the ban would be lifted for a year, after which its lifting would be subject to review,” reported by Reuters. 

Earlier this month, the ban has been lifted on Etihad Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways joining Royal Jordanian and Kuwait Airways.

In March, the US government enforced the electronics ban preventing passengers on incoming flights from majority-Muslim nations in the Middle East and North Africa from carrying laptops and large electronic devices on the plane. The countries included Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. The ban was enforced  over terror threats concerns.

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