Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Laptop Ban Being Reviewed by DHS Officials

Egypt Air, Saudia Arabian Airlines & Royal Air Maroc
Eagerly Anticipate Lifted Laptop Ban

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Tuesday that it will be reviewing the laptop ban still in place for three Middle Eastern airlines.

According to Reuters, DHS spokesman David Lapan said the agency will review security measures at airports in Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Egypt to determine if they are eligible to have the ban on larger electronic devices lifted.

Officials from both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Royal Air Maroc said they believe the electronics ban will be lifted on July 19. EgyptAir also announced that it believes it could be exempt from laptop ban as soon as Wednesday.

DHS agents said security procedures must be approved before the ban can be lifted.

The laptop ban was imposed in March to combat the possibility that terrorists could smuggle explosives via larger electronic devices. On June 28, the DHS unveiled new security measures for all foreign flights arriving in the United States, and several airports have already made the necessary changes.

Over the last two weeks, the DHS lifted the travel ban on six of the airlines originally on the list, including Royal Jordanian Airways, Kuwait Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines.

For more information regarding the laptop ban please contact Depth Travel.