EgyptAir and Royal Air Maroc the Latest to Be Exempt From Electronics Ban
Today was a busy day for the electronics ban, as we learned that both EgyptAir and Royal Air Maroc will be removed from the list. For those counting, that means that all of the nine airlines that were required by the US Department of Homeland Security have implemented (or will implement) the enhanced security procedures. After Royal Air Maroc is exempted tomorrow, only Saudia will be subjected to the ban, though it's been reported that it will be exempted as of July 19.
As of today, the electronics ban has been lifted for EgyptAir flights from Cairo (CAI) to New York (JFK). However, the electronics ban is still in place for EgyptAir flights from CAI to London (LHR).
We also learned that Royal Air Maroc will be exempt from the electronics ban on flights from Casablanca (CMN) to JFK beginning tomorrow, July 13.
Currently, only Saudia hasn't implemented the enhanced security screening procedures at either of its two airports that offer nonstop service to the US — King Khalid International Airport (RUH) in Riyadh and King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah. If Saudia is, in fact, exempted on July 19, all nine airlines will no longer be forced to require passengers to check their large electronics devices in the cargo hold.
The electronics ban was first implemented in March. However, last month, the US unveiled new security requirements that airports must abide by in order to be cleared from the ban.