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US lifts ban on laptops in cabins on Istanbul flights

6 July 2017

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The US has lifted its ban on laptops being carried onto flights from Istanbul.

Early on Wednesday, passengers flying with Turkish Airlines from Istanbul’s Ataturk airport to New York were the first to be allowed to keep electronic devices in the cabin.

The decision to lift the ban came after two new tomography machines were installed in Ataturk airport, Transport, Maritime and Communication Minister Ahmet Arslan said on Sunday.

We carried out technical discussions with the US and the UK, and informed them that security measures at our airports are above world standards,” said Arslan.

The installed tomography machines offer a high-definition, three-dimensional view of the contents of a bag, electronic device, or bottle of fluid. Similar CT machines were installed at airports after the September 11 attacks to identify explosives in checked bags.

In March, the US banned laptops in cabins on direct flights to the US originating from 10 airports in eight primarily Middle Eastern countries – Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey.

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