DUBAI/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The United States has lifted the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices on U.S.-bound flights from Dubai and Istanbul, Emirates [EMIRA.UL] and Turkish Airlines (THYAO.IS) said on Wednesday.
The announcements come three days after restrictions were lifted on Etihad Airways’ hub Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The ban was lifted “effective immediately” on Dubai International, the world’s busiest airport for international travel, after new security measures announced by the U.S. last week were implemented, an Emirates spokeswoman said in a statement.
Emirates, the Middle East’s largest airline and which flies to 12 U.S. cities, had blamed travel restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump’s administration for a drop in demand on U.S. flights.
The Dubai-based carrier cut flights to five U.S. cities from May, though has since said demand was starting to return on some routes.
Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines said in a statement that passengers traveling to the United States could now take their laptops onboard.
Chief Executive Bilal Eksi also tweeted that the airline expected a similar ban flights to Britain would soon be lifted.
U.S. and British officials carried out inspections of security measures at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on Tuesday, the Dogan news agency reported.
There was no immediate comment available from U.S. officials on the lifting of the ban in Dubai and Istanbul.
The U.K. ban does not apply to flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi.