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Great news for those that fly to the US (or connect!) from the Middle East. The laptop ban is slowly being lifted airline by airline.

Image: QatarAirways.com

In March, the laptop ban was announced suddenly and meant that anyone on a direct flight to the US from the following airports:

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  • Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), in Amman, Jordan
  • Cairo International Airport (CAI), in Cairo, Egypt
  • King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED),  in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • King Khalid International Airport (RUH), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait International Airport (KWI), Farwaniya, Kuwait
  • Mohammed V Airport (CMN), Casablanca, Morocco
  • Ataturk International Airport (IST), in Istabul, Turkey
  • Hamad International Airport (DOH), Doha, Qatar
  • Dubai International Airport (DXB), Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The bottom ones which I have crossed out represent the home airports of Etihad, Emirates, and Qatar Airways as well as Turkish Airlines.

Royal Jordanian, hubbed in Amman (AMM) is said to be next.

Saudia, hubbed in Ridyadh, Saudia Arabia, and Royal Air Maroc, based in Casablanca said the ban should be lifted on US flights from July 19th.

This is great news for miles addict (like us!) because these carriers offer some fantastic connections from the US to beyond the Middle East. Of particular note, Etihad is known for their “Apartment” which is a premium 1st class, shower included, that can be booked with a slew of frequent flyer program’s miles. Qatar Airways also recently introduced their Q-Suites product which is said to be the best Business Class in the sky now.  You can book Qatar flights using American Airlines miles, or, if you have them, just 85,000 JAL miles.

Has the #laptopban impacted you? Let me know in the comments below or in the MilesTalk Facebook group.


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