The ban on laptops on flights from the Middle East to the US has been lifted
The US has ended its controversial four-month ban on passengers carrying laptops on board flights from the Middle East and North Africa, federal officials said on Thursday (20 July).
The ban, which went into effect in March, prohibited all electronic devices larger than a smartphone from being carried in the passenger cabins of flights from 10 airports in the region and affected nine airlines, mostly Middle Eastern carriers.
This week, King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was the last airport to be taken off the laptop ban list.
In June, Homeland Security secretary John F. Kelly announced that there would be new aviation security measures for all international flights into the country to avoid expanding the laptop ban.
The new rules included conducting "heightened screening" of all electronic devices, more sophisticated and thorough screening of passengers, expanding canine screening and increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas.