Qatar Airways: US flight laptop ban no longer applies

Boeing 787 airplane purchased by Qatar Airways is shown during a delivery ceremony in Everett Wash. Qatar Airways announced Sunday

"We would also like to thank our loyal passengers for their understanding and patience while the ban has been in place". It's a significant development for Qatar which was blacklisted by its neighbours last month which cut off air links on the allegations that it supported terrorism.

Emirates has not yet said when it might reinstate any of that service; however, Qatar Airways plans to proceed with its planned launch of flights to San Francisco next year as part of its continuing expansion within the U.S.

Earlier this week, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways said passengers on its flights to the United States from Abu Dhabi airport can carry electronic devices on board.

"Turkish Airlines tweeted to passengers: "#WelcomeOnBoard to our USA -bound flight.

The affected countries were Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UAE. Larger devices such as laptops and tablets must be put in checked baggage.

Other airports and carriers are still affected by the USA ban, including those in Cairo, Kuwait and Morocco.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has refused to detail all the new requirements for security reasons, but they include greater scrutiny of passengers entering the United States, enhanced screening of electronic devices and better deployment of canines that detect explosives.

Airlines that fail to meet the new security requirements could still face in-cabin restrictions on electronic devices.

The DHS issued the ban in March in response to intelligence reports that terrorist groups were seeking to use electronic devices as vessels for bombs on commercial airliners.

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