In March, the U.S. government banned laptops on flights to the country from 10 major Middle Eastern airports in eight countries. But four Middle Eastern airlines have found their way off the list this week.
On July 4, Etihad Airways and Emirates announced that they were removed from the list of airlines under the ban after the U.S.’s Transportation Security Administration found that they had properly implemented the new safety measures outlined by the Department of Homeland Security on June 28.
Turkish Airlines tweeted on July 5 that passengers travelling to the U.S. would be able to carry laptops and other electronic devices with them. Qatar Airways joined the three airlines on July 6, making it the fourth airline exempted from the laptop ban.
Reuters reports that Saudi Arabian Airlines said it expects flights from Jeddah and Riyadh to be exempt from the ban by July 19. Royal Air Maroc shared the same projection for flights from Mohammed V International Airport.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s new security measures include “heightened screening of personal electronic devices,” and increased security in airplanes and airports. Homeland Security noted in its announcement that it would work to implement the new measures in the coming months, and that airlines and airports that do not meet the security standards “run the risk of additional security restrictions being imposed.”