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US lifts cabin ban on electronic items on flights

The US Department of Homeland Security has lifted a ban on carrying electronic items on flights from countries in the Middle East and North Africa region.

The US temporarily prohibited electronics larger than mobile phones in carry-on bags on direct flights of nine airlines from ten airports in Turkey, the Middle East and Africa.

President Trump came under fire over the move, dubbed the ‘laptop ban’, which affected passengers onboard flights from mainly-Muslim countries.

However, new enhanced security screening measures on all US-bound air travellers introduced last month remain in place, affecting 2,100 transatlantic flights a day and an average of 325,000 passengers from 105 countries.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated its travel advice to the US on Friday to say that the restrictions on carrying laptops from the ten countries in the Middle East and North Africa region have now been lifted.

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