Turkey to lift US laptop ban from airports

US security officials to visit Turkish airports on Wednesday to monitor security arrangements

Turkey to lift US laptop ban from airports

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey is about to lift a ban on large electronic devices from U.S.-bound flights of Turkish Airlines, its transport minister said on Tuesday

Ahmet Arslan said that security officials from the U.S. will monitor arrangements at Turkish airports on Wednesday, after which the ban will be lifted.

The officials will examine explosive detection machines in airports across Turkey, the Transport Ministry said in a statement.

“Turkey is an exceptional country as our security forces can take safety measures independently,” Arslan said, adding that the U.S. officials will only observe and verify the system.

He added that the Abu Dhabi International Airport was the first to lift the ban on Sunday, after the U.S. placed extra security measures at its premises.

Turkey, by the end of June, had begun using U.S. manufactured tomography machines on test-basis to scan luggage at airports, the ministry said.

The machines are already being used in airports in the U.S., Netherlands, Singapore and Johannesburg.

The U.S. in March banned passengers from carrying large electronic devices, such as laptops, on commercial flights to the U.S. from 10 international airports in eight Muslim-majority countries -- Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey.

Last Mod: 04 Temmuz 2017, 15:25
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