US cancels ban on laptops in flight cabins

TSA says airlines improved security, allows passengers from Muslim-majority countries to bring laptops in their carry-ons.

Chana Roberts,

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The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may soon completely lift its ban on in-cabin electronic devices.

Earlier in July, the US lifted its ban on in-cabin electronics on flights leaving from Turkey. Currently, only one airport - Saudi Arabia's King Khalid International Airport - still remains on the list.

According to the TSA, the reason for lifting the ban is that the airlines have cooperated and raised their security standards.

"Devices containing lithium metal or lithium ion batteries (laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc.) should be transported in carry-on baggage and not placed in checked baggage," the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

The FAA explained that portable devices pose less of a threat when transported in the cabin than when placed in checked bags, where they are liable to ignite cargo. Passengers who do place their electronic devices in checked suitcases should ensure they are turned off, not left in sleep/ hibernate mode.

In March, the US banned large electronics in flight cabins from 10 airports in 8 countries - Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates - for fear of concealed explosive devices. Soon afterwards, the UK implemented a similar ban including a list of six countries.

The US in June modified security protocols for international flights, requiring airlines to use enhanced security measures, including advanced carry-on screeners and and tighter screening.








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