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U.S. lifts laptop and game console ban for international flights

U.S. lifts laptop and game console ban for international flights

July 20, 2017 | By Alissa McAloon




After a four month ban, game developers and other professionals traveling to the U.S. from a number of Middle-Eastern countries will once again have access to their electronics for the duration of their international flight.

A restriction put in place earlier this year previously barred laptops, tablets, cameras, and portable game consoles from the cabins of certain U.S.-bound international flights, following reports that terrorist organizations were eyeing methods for concealing explosives in large electronics. 

Now, the Department of Homeland Security has lifted the ban, noting that it is now confident with the “enhanced security measures in place” at the previously affected airports. 

TechCrunch notes that the U.S. first started lessening the restrictions earlier this month by lifting the ban from three airlines. As of today, the ban has been removed in full for all ten airports and nine airlines included in the original travel restriction.



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