Etihad Airways (EY) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) were the first airportss to demonstrate to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that they have the enhanced security measures (Related news on Enhanced Security Measures) in place for all US bound flights and were rewarded with the large electronic device ban lift (Related news on Ban Lift at Abu Dhabi International Airport). Emirates (EK) / Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Turkish Airlines (TK) / Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport (IST) are the next two to obtain approvals to allow these devices on board. This post has been updated on progress on other countries.
Large Electronic Device Ban
Both were initially included in the March 2017 directive banning all large electronic devices on board US found flights.
The ban is more than 100 days old. Emirates is the most affected as it has the biggest network from its hub to the US using a mix fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A380. The airline grounded 13 aircrafts due to lower loads from connecting traffic as passengers chose other carriers to connect to the US.
— Emirates airline (@emirates) July 5, 2017
The airline currently flies 84 weekly flights from DXB to the following 11 US destinations:
|City||Airport Name||Airport Code||Frequency||Aircraft Used|
|Boston||Logan International Airport||BOS||1x daily ||Boeing 777|
|Chicago||O’Hare International Airport||ORD||1x daily||Boeing 777|
|Dallas||Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport||DFW||3x weekly||Boeing 777|
|Fort Lauderdale||Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport||FLL||4x weekly ||Boeing 777|
|Houston||George Bush Intercontinental Airport||IAH||1x daily||Boeing 777|
|Los Angeles||Los Angeles International Airport||LAX||1x daily ||Airbus A380|
|New York City||John F. Kennedy International Airport ||JFK||3x daily||Airbus A380|
|Orlando||Orlando International Airport||MCO||1x daily ||Boeing 777|
|San Francisco||San Francisco International Airport||SFO||1x daily||Airbus A380|
|Seattle||Seattle–Tacoma International Airport||SEA||1x daily ||Boeing 777|
|Washington, D.C.||Washington Dulles International Airport||IAD||1x daily||Airbus A380|
 Back to 1x daily in August 2017
 Down from 2x daily – may be reinstated when connecting traffic demand returns to normal.
 Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) operation is not included because EK flies to Athens International Airport (ATH) from there.
 Down to 4x weekly on some months
Since the ban started, the airline cut more than 20,000 seats weekly between the US and UAE.
Emirates spokesperson said, “Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to the USA. Emirates has been working hard in coordination with various aviation stakeholders and the local authorities to implement heightened security measures and protocols that meet the requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security’s new security guidelines for all US bound flights.”
“We would like to express our gratitude to the US and local authorities for their support and thank our customers for their understanding and patience during the last few months when the ban was in place.”
Turkish Airlines representatives issued the good news from its social media accounts and on its website. Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines Mr. M. İlker Aycı said, ‘‘During 102 days , 81.736 electronic devices were carefully collected from our passengers at gates by our staff and carried in overprotected baggage on 1,087 flights to the US. 75 per cent of devices were laptops and tablets. 25 per cent of devices consisted of cameras, GPS devices and kindles. I would like to express my gratitude to all my colleagues who carried out this operation with a sense of mission and sensibility.”
— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) July 4, 2017
The Star Alliance member currently operates 11 daily flights to 9 US cities:
|City||Airport Name||Airport Code||Frequency||Aircraft|
|Atlanta||Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport||ATL||1x daily||Airbus A330|
|Boston||Logan International Airport||BOS||1x daily||Airbus A330|
|Chicago||O’Hare International Airport*||ORD||1x daily||Boeing 777|
|Houston||George Bush Intercontinental Airport*||IAH||1x daily||Boeing 777|
|Los Angeles||Los Angeles International Airport||LAX||1x daily||Boeing 777|
|Miami||Miami International Airport||MIA||1x daily||Boeing 777|
|New York City||John F. Kennedy International Airport||JFK||3x daily||2x Airbus A330, 1x Boeing 777|
|San Francisco||San Francisco International Airport*||SFO||1x daily||Boeing 777|
|Washington||Washington Dulles International Airport*||IAD||1x daily||Airbus A330|
*- Fellow Star Alliance member – United Airlines (UA) hubs
Saudi Airlines noted that it is working with DHS to get the ban lifted by July 19, 2017. Others including Qatar Airways have not made any announcements on getting the ban lifted.
Update July 6, 2017
Qatar Airways (QR) and Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH) also got the approval from DHS to allow large electronic devices on board again as per their new release and the following Twitter post.
Important update on carrying personal electronic items on flights to the U.S.A. Please visit https://t.co/tOPhlj6TiQ for more details.
— Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) July 6, 2017
Update July 26, 2017
All ten airports on the banned list have provided evidence to show the DHS that they are following security protocols required. Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport (RUH) was the last of ten to meet the criteria. As of July 26, 2017, no new airports have been added to this list though DHS will continue to evaluate the security landscape and make modifications based on risks accordingly.