Turkey: U.S. could lift laptop ban on flights from Istanbul

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-03 22:45:43|Editor: yan
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ANKARA, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. laptop ban on flights from Istanbul will be lifted after security examinations carried out by U.S. delegation at Istanbul Ataturk Airport could be passed this week, local Hurriyet Daily News reported on Monday.

Officials from U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will visit Istanbul Ataturk Airport this week and examine whether the airport comply with its latest security standards, Turkish Transport, Maritime and Communication Minister Ahmet Arslan said on Sunday.

With two newly installed tomography machines in Istanbul's Ataturk Airport last week, Arslan expressed hope that the laptop ban will be lifted after examination by the U.S. officials.

"We have been in talks with both the U.S. and UK regarding the issue. We told them the security measures at our airports meet global standards," he was quoted by the report as saying.

On Sunday, the U.S. lifted a ban on laptops in cabins on flights from Abu Dhabi, saying Etihad Airways had put in place the required tighter security measures.

In March, the U.S. banned laptops in cabins on direct flights to the U.S. originating from 10 airports in eight primarily Middle East countries. The U.K. followed suit with similar restrictions.