Royal Jordanian and Kuwait Airways are the latest two Middle East airlines to allow passengers to bring personal electronic devices (PEDs) larger than mobile phones into the cabin on US-bound flights.

The announcements came after their home airports—Queen Alia International Airport in Amman and Kuwait International Airport—met the stricter security requirements demanded by the US government.

“Enhanced security measures are now implemented to meet the requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security’s new security guidelines for all US-bound flights,” Royal Jordanian CEO Stefan Pichler said.

In March, the US imposed the PED ban on direct flights originating at 10 airports in eight countries: Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey, citing unspecified terrorism concerns. The UK followed suit 24 hours later, but with a slightly different set of affected airports.

Royal Jordanian operates 16 weekly nonstop flights to Chicago O’Hare, New York JFK and Detroit.

The news of Kuwait Airways being released from the restrictions came in a brief message on the airline’s Twitter feed July 9: “Now our passengers flying from Kuwait International Airport to #JFK in #NY will be able to use all of their personal electronic devices.”

In a statement, the airline confirmed that the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had lifted the ban on electronic devices after officials inspected the security measures on the airline’s flights.

“Safety, security and compliance with international safety regulations are always our top priorities at Kuwait Airways … The security measures in place at Kuwait International Airport, which are applied on Kuwait Airways flights, are fully compliant with international standards,” Kuwait Airways chairman Sami Fahd Al-Rushaid said.

Several other Middle East carriers have already been given the go-ahead to allow PEDs back into the cabin, or are poised to do so, after their home hubs were cleared by the US authorities.

Alan Dron