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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

US laptop ban lifted on Saudi Arabian Airlines

Flights cleared from Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport and Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport

Saudia has had the US laptop ban lifted. Francis R Malasig / EPA
Saudia has had the US laptop ban lifted. Francis R Malasig / EPA

A ban on laptops and other large electronic devices from the cabins of direct flights to the United States from Saudi Arabia has been lifted, Saudi Arabian Airlines, known as Saudia, said on Wednesday.

The US department of homeland security has inspected and cleared flights from Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport and Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport from the ban, the state-owned carrier said in statement on its website.

Earlier this week, the US transportation security administration said it had cleared Saudia's main hub King Abdulaziz International Airport and would inspect Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport.

US officials could not be immediately reached to confirm the airport in Riyadh had been cleared.

Other carriers affected by the restrictions, including Emirates, Etihad Airways and Turkish Airlines, have already been exempted from the ban.