Laptop ban lifted on US-bound Doha flights

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Qatar Airways, the World's Best Airline as voted by Skytrax 2017, is delighted to confirm it has been approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to permit passengers to carry personal electronic items on board US-bound flights, departing from its hub Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar.

Qatar Air said it and Doha Airport have met all requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security's new security guidelines.

Qatar Airways was the last major carrier affected by measures barring laptops from the cabins of aircraft leaving for the U.S., a moratorium that was imposed in March by American authorities.

The ban still applies to USA -bound flights from airports in Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Qatar Airways is considering adding a second daily flight from Dublin to Doha just weeks after launching its first service between the two cities, according to its chief executive, Akbar Al Baker.

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IATA said the weaker growth was reflective of the laptop ban on US-bound flights and uncertainty over President Donald Trump's proposed travel bans.

In response, Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines and Turkish Airlines all announced this week that they would lift bans on flights to the United States.

Saudi Arabia's national airline, Saudia, stated on Tuesday it was working to meet the new security requirements and have the ban lifted by July 19.

Airlines expressed hopes at the time that the measures would pave the way for the lifting of the electronics ban.

Other airports among the 10 affected by the United States ban are also moving toward a resolution, with Saudi Arabia Airlines saying on Tuesday that it expects to be free of the curbs by July 19.