Emirates, the Middle East's largest airline, said on Thursday it would work with authorities to implement new security measures on flights to the United States "as soon as possible" - a move that could help it overturn an in-cabin ban on laptops.
The measures, which European and U.S. officials said would begin taking effect within three weeks, could replace the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronics on direct flights to the United States from the Middle East.
Lifting the ban would be a welcome reprieve for Emirates which has seen demand to the United States fall under travel restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump's administration.
"We welcome the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's latest directive on enhanced screening measures," an Emirates spokeswoman said in a statement. "We look forward to working with the authorities and Dubai airport stakeholders to implement these measures as soon as possible for our U.S. flights."
In March, laptops were banned from the cabins of flights to the United States originating at 10 airports in the Middle East, including Emirates' Dubai International Airport hub, to address fears that bombs could be concealed in electronic devices taken aboard aircraft.
The 10 Middle East airports where laptops are banned from the cabin on U.S. flights will be able to get off the list if they meet the new security requirements, Homeland Security officials said on Wednesday.
"Lifting the ban on bringing laptops and other personal electronic devices onboard will be good news for travellers flying into the U.S.," Emirates' spokeswoman said.
U.S. authorities want increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas, expanded canine screening and additional places where travellers can be cleared by U.S. officials before they depart.
European and U.S. officials told Reuters that airlines have 21 days to put in place increased explosive trace detection screening and have 120 days to comply with other security measures, including enhanced screening of airline passengers.