Qatar Airways has been approved by the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security to permit passengers to carry
personal electronic items on board U.S.-bound flights, departing
from its Hamad International Airport (HIA) hub in Doha, Qatar.
The airline gained the exemption this week
after U.S. officials inspected the security measures in full
operation at the airport.
With the lifting of the electronics
restrictions, passengers departing from HIA to all Qatar Airways’
U.S. destinations will be able to carry their personal electronic
devices on board, and have uninterrupted use of them for business
and leisure purposes throughout their flight.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr.
Akbar Al Baker, said, “We are pleased to announce
that the electronics ban has been lifted from Qatar Airways
flights departing to all destinations in the U.S. Safety and
security are always our highest priority. They are expressed
throughout all of our corporate values, and must never be
compromised. The security measures in place in Doha allow us
to continue to provide our renowned world-class service for all
our passengers travelling to the U.S. We look forward to providing
our passengers an even greater choice of U.S. destinations soon,
with the addition of San Francisco to our expanding network, on
board the most modern of aircraft including the Airbus A350 and
our Qsuite retro-fitted Boeing 777 aircraft.”
Qatar Airways, which celebrates 10 years of
service to the U.S. this year, will launch flights to San
Francisco in 2018, as part of its continuing expansion within the
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