Jul 17, 2017

Laptop ban lifted for last airline — but the ban isn't over yet

MIAA Media Affairs Division via AP

The U.S. lifted the laptop ban on the airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Sunday night.

  • That airport is now in compliance with heightened security protocols announced last month, Department of Homeland Security spokesperson Dave Lapan told Axios. As Reuters reports, Saudi Arabian Airlines is the last of the airlines in the ban to have the restrictions lifted, Lapan confirmed.
  • There's one airport that remains noncompliant, so the laptop ban is not entirely over yet. The airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, still is not compliant and the "'ban' is not completely over until Riyadh is removed," Lapan said.
  • The ban originally affected 10 Middle Eastern airports and 9 airlines with flights bound for the U.S. due to security concerns.
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