Dubai has joined Istanbul Ataturk and Abu Dhabi airports in being removed from the list of airports with large personal electronic device (PED) restrictions for US-bound passengers, according to Emirates Airline.

“Effective immediately, laptops and electronic devices can be taken onboard all Emirates flights from Dubai to the US,” the Dubai-based carrier said.

Responding to an inquiry from ATW, a US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesperson included Doha among airports TSA is inspecting July 5 regarding lifting the laptop ban, indicating it could also be taken off the list soon. Saudi Arabia’s national carrier Saudia said it expects Riyadh and Jeddah to be taken off the so-called laptop ban list on or before July 19.

The requirement that passengers bound for the US check—rather than carry on—PEDs larger than a smartphone has been in place at 10 airports since March. But after the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced new security requirements for all US-bound flights on June 28, it gave the airports on the laptop ban list the opportunity to be removed from the list if they complied with the new security standards.

So far, DHS and TSA have officially confirmed Abu Dhabi has been taken off the list. Istanbul Ataturk and Dubai have also been removed from the list, according to Turkish Airlines and Emirates, respectively.

In a statement provided to ATW, a TSA spokesperson said, “Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways and Emirates Airline have initiated the process for lifting the personal electronics device ban by alerting TSA they are ready to comply with the enhanced security measures. TSA is scheduled to visit each today (Wednesday, July 5) to verify the measures have been implemented correctly and to the full extent required.”

The spokesperson declined to elaborate when asked for further clarification about the timing of lifting the ban at the airports being inspected.

Saudia, meanwhile, said it is working in with Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to implement the new DHS requirements for all US-bound flights. On or before July 19, the SkyTeam member expects that passengers on its flights to the US will be permitted to take large PEDs into aircraft cabins.

Aaron Karp

Kurt Hofmann