U.S. lifts laptop ban for Etihad flights

Posted July 05, 2017

"Effective immediately, the removal of the restrictions allows passengers flying to the U.S.to carry all laptops, tablets and other electronic devices onto the aircraft, subject to enhanced security measures", the airline said. Currently, Etihad is the only airline that offers non-stop flights between the USA and Abu Dhabi.

But Abu Dhabi is now excluded from the list after the airline implemented new protocols at the airport that include more passenger screening.

On Sunday, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways said the electronic devices ban has been lifted on all its flights between Abu Dhabi and the USA following the successful validation of security measures at the United States pre-clearance facility at the Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The hub was the first airport in the world to have been given the green light by the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration since broader security requirements were unveiled last Wednesday by the US.

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"With Etihad getting its ban lifted, Emirates is clearly working towards the same by ensuring security compliance", he said.

Acting chief executive of operations, Abu Dhabi Airports, AbdulMajeed al-Khoori, told Reuters on Monday that US officials assessed the airport on Saturday night.

TSA officials have assessed the airport's security arrangements for flights to the United States and are satisfied with their implementation.

The extra checks carried out at Abu Dhabi global airport effectively mean passengers go through United States customs and border screening before they take off rather than after they touch down on American soil.

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In Istanbul, Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Eksi wrote on Twitter that he believed the laptop ban there would end as soon as Wednesday.

Britain announced a similar ban on personal electronic devices for flights originating from six countries, but not the United Arab Emirates.

For Emirates, its Dubai hub has grown into the world's busiest airport for global traffic, in large part thanks to the long-haul carrier's expansion.

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