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Despite the fact that the U.S. laptop ban on Middle East carriers has been lifted, the return of U.S. restrictions on visas for citizens of six Muslim-majority countries may continue to hurt several airlines.

Jordan’s national airline has joined other Middle Eastern countries in lifting a ban on laptops in airplane cabins after complying with U.S. security guidelines.

Royal Jordanian said Sunday it has implemented “enhanced security measures” in line with U.S. Department of Homeland Security requirements. The airline did not describe the new measures.

The U.S. imposed the ban in March over concerns Islamic State fighters and other extremists could hide bombs inside of laptops.

The ban banned laptops from airplane cabins on direct, U.S.-bound flights from 10 cities in the Middle East and Turkey.

Royal Jordan operates 16 weekly non-stop flights to Chicago, New York and Detroit.

Several other airlines, including three based in the Gulf such as Kuwait Airways, have also lifted the ban in recent days.

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November 16, 2022
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Photo credit: Passengers aboard Royal Jordanian flights to the U.S. are no longer banned from carrying on laptops and other large electronic devices in the cabin. John Taggart / Flickr