A three-month-old ban on taking electronic devices such as laptops into aircraft cabins on flights from Turkey to the United States was lifted on Wednesday, the private Dogan news agency reported.
It said flag carrier Turkish Airlines accepted passengers with electronic devices onto its 6:45 A.M. flight from Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday morning.
U.S. and British officials carried out inspections of security measures at Ataturk Airport on Tuesday, Dogan reported.
On March 25, the United States banned electronic devices larger than a mobile phone from cabins on direct flights to the United States from 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.
State-run Anadolu news agency on Tuesday reported Turkey’s Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan as saying the ban on the devices on flights from Istanbul to the United States would be lifted on Wednesday.
On Sunday, the ban was lifted on flights from Abu Dhabi.
Turkish Airlines also expects the similar ban on flights from Turkey to Britain to be lifted soon, Chief Executive Bilal Eksi said on Twitter on Wednesday.