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Royal Jordanian, Kuwait Airlines Say US Laptop Ban Lifted

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FILE - A traveler walks past a sign for Royal Jordanian airline at JFK International Airport in New York, U.S.

Royal Jordanian and Kuwait Airways each said Sunday their passengers can once again bring laptop computers and other personal electronics on-board direct flights to the United States.

The U.S. imposed the ban in March for flights from 10 airports in the Middle East, saying it feared terrorists could hide bombs inside the devices.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security told the affected airlines they need to enhance security screenings for passengers, including putting in place sophisticated X-Ray and ultrasounds scans for devices people want to bring on board their flights.

A Royal Jordanian statement Sunday said the airline has now met the requirements and the ban has been lifted for its flights from Amman.

Kuwait Airlines said its passengers could carry on electronics for flights from Kuwait International Airport.

Last week, Doha-based Qatar Airways, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, Dubai-based Emirates and Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines also said they have met the new requirements.

The ban still applies to non-stop U.S.-bound flights from airports in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Morocco.

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