Qatar Airways Joins Two Other Gulf Carriers Excused From the U.S. Laptop Ban
(Dubai) – Qatar Airways participated on Thursday in two other large Gulf big companies to laptops ban United States and electronics in large aircraft booths, despite logistical problems in the country diplomatic conflict with several Arab countries .
Arab-based Abu Dhabi-based Etihad in Doha, Qatar Airways, based in Dubai and Turkish Airlines, based in Istanbul, have established security procedures to comply with US authorities.
US authorities have instituted the ban in 10 cities in the Middle East in March, while Islamic state fighters and other extremists could hide bombs on laptops.
Qatar Airways said that with “immediate effect, all personal electronic devices can be transported at all departures from Hamad International Airport to destinations in the United States.” Hamad in Doha is the center of Qatar Airways.
“Qatar Airways and Hamad International Airport met all the requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security’s new security guidelines and that thanks to the American and local authorities for their support during this process,” the company said in a statement. release.
“We also want to thank our loyal passengers for their understanding and patience while the ban was in place.”
The airline did not respond to questions about its new procedures. The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees US air transport safety, did not respond to a request for comment early Thursday.
The US laptop ban still applies to non-stop US flights from six airports in Amman, Jordan; City of Kuwait; Cairo; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; And Casablanca, Morocco. Saudi Arabian Airlines said it expects to be off the ban list “no later than July 19.”
While Gulf airlines did not comment on security procedures, Turkish officials say that using TC equipment take pictures of cross-sections of the electronic front only that passengers plantation planes to the United States.
Istanbul airport also limit flights with the United States on two exit gates, apparently for better security.
Etihad, the flagship of the UAE, already has a US customs and border protection facility at its hub in Abu Dhabi that allows passengers to limit the projection that would otherwise land in America.
There is a worrying precedent for laptops used as pumps. Al Shabaab said Al Qaeda said it had placed a bomb inside a handheld device that exploded on a plane leaving Mogadishu in February 2016, killing only the bomber.
However, security issues also arise in the context of a broader conflict between Gulf Airlines and US carriers, which accuse Middle Eastern airlines of flooding the market with flights during the receipt of billions of dollars Unfair government subsidies. Gulf companies enjournent vigorously that.
The ban on the laptop, coupled with the travel ban of the triumph administration in six predominantly Muslim countries, has hurt airlines in the Middle East. Arabs, the largest in the region, said it had reduced its flights to America by 20% following restrictions.
Meanwhile, Qatar Airways has seen its flight path in many of its neighbors cut off from Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5
As the airline has placed more flights into Iranian and Turkish airspace by using a United Nations agency responsible for air travel supervision to reopen routes.
Qatar Airways also announced that it would buy 10% of American Airlines, which would cost around $ 2.4 billion and eventually could open the US market for the carrier.
The Qatari Foreign Minister on Wednesday said he did not believe that the delay Qatar Airways to leave the list of laptops had anything to do with the dispute. “This is an ongoing process and I am not relevant to any political crisis,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani in London.