United States lifts laptop ban on Saudi Arabian Airlines flights

The US ban on large electronic items in the cabin of flights from King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah was lifted

A ban on laptops and other large electronic devices from the cabins of direct flights to the United States from Saudi Arabia has been lifted, Saudi Arabian Airlines said on Wednesday.

The ban has been lifted from airlines as they comply with new security requirements for all airlines.

Approximately 280 airports in 105 countries were affected by the tougher security measures, along with 180 foreign and USA airlines.

The US Department of Homeland Security issued directives to 180 carriers around the world flying into the United States to improve security procedures, especially in screening baggage and electronics.

However, the report notes that airports have a short amount of time in which to implement the new measures, which includes acquiring explosive trace detection equipment, so it's by no means a given that the ban will be lifted altogether.

The directive includes technical adjustments, agency officials said, declining to release the text.

DHS has said that it could impose new restrictions on laptops if airlines do not make security upgrades.

Earlier this month, airlines like Etihad, Emirates and Turkish Airlines were all cleared of the ban after additional security measures were put in place at their base airports.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein defended the new security requirements unveiled in June that were aimed at avoiding expansion of the laptop ban.

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