US will lift electronics ban on flights from Istanbul: Turkish Airlines

The Turkish Airlines said on 4 July, 2017 that the US will lift the ban on electronics on flights from Istanbul from the next day.

"As of tomorrow, we will put another ban, another crisis behind," Ilker Ayci, the airlines' chairman, told reporters in Istanbul.

US security officials would carry out inspections on the security measures at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport prior to the first flight to New York on 5 July, 2017 morning, the airlines' press office said.

Turkey started using US-manufactured tomography machines for luggage scan on a test basis in June end, Xinhua news agency reported.

In March, Washington banned devices larger than a smartphone in cabins on US-bound flights from 10 airports in eight countries, including Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, citing the threat of bombs hidden in the electronics. The US first lifted the ban on flights from Abu Dhabi on 2 July, 2017.

This report comes after The United States on 28 June, 2017 unveiled enhanced security measures for flights to the country designed to prevent expanding an in-cabin ban on laptops. The measures would affect 325,000 airline passengers on about 2,000 commercial flights arriving daily in the United States, on 180 airlines from 280 airports in 105 countries. Britain quickly followed suit with a similar set of restrictions.

With inputs from IANS

Published Date: Jul 04, 2017 21:17 PM | Updated Date: Jul 04, 2017 21:17 PM