Turkish Airlines expects laptop ban on US-bound flights to be lifted tomorrow

Ankara (IINA) � Chief Executive of Turkish Airlines Bilal Eksi said he expected the ban on large electronic devices from the cabin of US-bound flights from certain countries to be lifted Wednesday.

"We expect the electronic device ban applied to American flights to be lifted on Wednesday, July 5," Eksi tweeted on Monday without giving further details.

In March, the United States banned laptops in cabins on flights to the United States originating at 10 airports in eight countries � Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey � to address fears that bombs could be concealed in electronic devices taken aboard aircraft. It only allowed these devices to be transported in hold luggage.

Flag-carrier Turkish Airlines responded to the ban by offering laptops to business-class travelers in May.

The United States on Sunday lifted a ban on passengers taking such devices on Etihad Airways flights from its base in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi. The decision came after Etihad implemented enhanced security measures, said a spokesman for the US Department of Homeland Security.

Source: International Islamic News Agency