U.S. Removes Laptop Ban on Flights from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Riyadh to be Inspected by U.S. Officials ‘This Week’

The Trump administration on Monday lifted the ban on carrying laptops onboard Saudia Airlines, the last airline facing in-flight restrictions on electronics, a TSA spokesman has said.

The removal only affects passengers on Saudia flying out of the airline’s hub in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

US government officials will visit Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport “later this week to confirm compliance there as well,” spokesman James Gregory said.

Last month, US officials announced new security requirements for all airlines rather than an expansion of the laptop ban announced in March. US officials have been dropping the restrictions from airlines as they boosted security, Reuters reports.

The ban was announced out of concern that terrorists would use laptops as a means of hiding explosives on planes.