Lonely Planet Writer

The cabin ban on large electronic devices on US bound flights has been lifted for four airlines

In what will be great news for their passengers, four airlines have had the cabin ban on large electronics lifted on their US flights, and a fifth is imminent. Etihad, Emirates, Qatar and Turkish Airlines will no longer have to collect passengers’ devices before the flights or require them to check them in, after they came to an agreement with US authorities.

Man using laptop in airplane
The ban no longer applies to certain flights from July 19. Image by Getty
Kuwaiti social media activist Thamer al-Dakheel Bourashed puts his laptop inside his suitcase at Kuwait International Airport. Image: Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images
Kuwaiti social media activist Thamer al-Dakheel Bourashed puts his laptop inside his suitcase at Kuwait International Airport. Image: Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images

While Emirates previously introduced a workaround to the ban back in March, it thanked its customers for “their understanding and patience during the last few months.” Now that the process has begun, aviation experts say they expect more countries to follow suit. Kuwait, Morocco, Jordan and Egypt are still waiting to have the ban lifted, and it is believed that this will occur once their infrastructures and security systems are found to comply with TSA requirements.

This move will obviously mean tighter security measures across airports. The price that passengers may have to pay for being able to keep their devices with them is that it is likely to take longer to get through security screening. However, they may not mind now that they can plug into their entertainment devices to pass the time.