Saudia Airlines: US laptop ban will be lifted by July 19

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Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) expects the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronics on direct flights to the United States to be lifted by July 19, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

The airline is working with the country's civil aviation authority, GACA, to implement new security measures for US-bound flights announced by the US Department of Homeland Security last week.

This comes just two days after the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, said its flights out of the country’s capital are now exempt from a US ban on laptop computers being in airplane cabins.


Turkish Airlines

The chief executive of Turkish Airlines also expects the ban on electronic devices on flights to the United States to be lifted but on July 5, he said on Twitter on Monday.

CEO Bilal Eksi did not give further details.

The US ban now applies to nonstop US-bound flights from eight international airports in Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City; Cairo; Istanbul; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai in the UAE.

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