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ISTANBUL, Oct. 4, 2016(Xinhua) -- Turkey's minister of transport, maritime and communication Ahmet Arslan delivers a speech at the ministerial meeting of the 26th Universal Postal Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 4, 2016. E-commerce and drone technology are seen as fresh impetus to the world's postal sector, as a Universal Postal Congress underway here has been exploring the best means to face the fierce competition. (Xinhua/He Canling/IANS) by .
Turkey's minister of transport, maritime and communication Ahmet Arslan (Xinhua/He Canling/IANS)

United States have lifted the ban on carrying laptops and other electronic items larger than the size of mobile¬†phones on US-bound flights from Turkey….reports Asian Lite News

ISTANBUL, Oct. 4, 2016(Xinhua) -- Turkey's minister of transport, maritime and communication Ahmet Arslan delivers a speech at the ministerial meeting of the 26th Universal Postal Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 4, 2016. E-commerce and drone technology are seen as fresh impetus to the world's postal sector, as a Universal Postal Congress underway here has been exploring the best means to face the fierce competition. (Xinhua/He Canling/IANS) by .
Turkey’s minister of transport, maritime and communication Ahmet Arslan (Xinhua/He Canling/IANS)

Passengers on flights from Istanbul to destinations in the US were  allowed to carry electronic devices that had been banned on the order of Washington since March.

After going through security at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport, passengers on the first flight to the US were able to take laptops on board as part of their carry-on luggage, Efe news cited Turkey’s semi-public news agency Anadolu as saying.

Turkey’s Minister of Transport Ahmet Arslan had on Tuesday announced the lifting of the ban on electronics larger than the size of mobile phones on US-bound flights from Turkey.

The ban applied to flights from 10 international airports in eight predominantly Muslim nations of Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Turkish media pointed out that the ban was lifted after Turkey purchased X-ray equipment from US company L3 Technologies for better control of passenger luggage.

The equipment was installed at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, the only hub from which there are direct flights to the US.