FILE PHOTO: A general view of the departure gates and duty free area at the Emirates' terminal (Terminal 3) in Dubai International Airport, October 9, 2008. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh/File Photo
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Dubai International Airport and its flag carrier Emirates began implementing a ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the U.S. Saturday, on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.The United States announced a ban on all electronics larger than a standard smartphone on board direct flights out of eight countries across the middle East. U.S. officials would not specify how long the ban will last, but Dubai-based Emirates told AFP that it had been instructed to enforce it until at least October 14 .Government-owned Emirates operates 18 flights daily to the United States out of Dubai.The U.S. ban in particular has raised eyebrows for covering airports from which U.S. airlines do not operate direct flights.
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