Turkish Airlines expects a ban on carrying electronic devices in cabins on flights from Turkey to Britain to be lifted soon, Chief Executive Bilal Eksi said on Twitter on Wednesday, after a similar ban was lifted for US-bound flights.
The US ban was imposed in March for flights originating at 10 airports in eight countries - Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey - to address fears that bombs could be concealed in electronic devices taken aboard aircraft.
Turkish Airlines CEO says US to lift laptop ban on July 5
Turkish Airlines chief executive Bilal Eksi said he expected the ban on large electronic devices from the cabin of US-bound flights from certain countries to be lifted on July 5.
"We expect the electronic device ban applied to American flights to be lifted on Wednesday July 5," Eksi said on Twitter late Monday without giving further detail.
In March, Washington barred all electronic devices larger than a mobile phone on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, only allowing them to be transported in hold luggage.
Flag-carrier Turkish Airlines responded to the ban by offering laptops to business-class travellers in May.
The US on Sunday lifted a ban on passengers taking such devices on Etihad Airways flights from Abu Dhabi, the first airliner to benefit from a lift of the ban.
The decision came after the airline implemented enhanced security measures, a spokesman for the US Department of Homeland Security said.
The ban was put into place after intelligence officials learned of efforts by Islamic State jihadists to produce a bomb that could be secreted inside such devices.