Jul 6, 2017

4 Middle East airlines secure laptop ban exemptions

Mahesh Kumar A. / AP

Dubai-based Emirates airlines, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines, and Doha-based Qatar Airways have all been exempted from the U.S. ban on laptops in airplane cabins after ramping up security measures to meet U.S. standards.

Why it matters: The U.S. imposed a laptop ban in March on flights from 10 airports in eight majority-Muslim countries traveling to the U.S. However, the exemption of three airlines suggests the terms are negotiable if they agree to meet the required security measures.

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