Laptop ban on Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi lifted

Etihad allows electronic devices onboard US flights from Abu Dhabi

Etihad allows electronic devices onboard US flights from Abu Dhabi

"Effective immediately, the removal of the restrictions allows passengers flying to the USA to carry all laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices onto the aircraft, subject to enhanced security measures", it added.

DHS spokesman David Lapan said on Twitter on Sunday (local time) that Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi International Airport "have implemented the required initial enhanced security measures". He said Etihad's efforts are a "model for both foreign and domestic airlines looking to adopt the new measures".

"We welcome the decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security", an Etihad Airways spokesperson said. That airport already has a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility that allows passengers to clear screening they'd otherwise have to go through when landing in America.

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

The other cities are Amman, Cairo, Casablanca, Doha, Dubai, Istanbul, Jeddah, Kuwait City and Riyadh.

Currently, no U. S. carriers operate direct flights to the UAE.

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The Department of Homeland Security announced on Wednesday the USA would be unveiling new aviation security measures for all worldwide flights entering the country, instead of implementing the laptop ban.

Washington has promised to lift its March ban affecting the 10 airports when airliners adhere to additional security measures.

In late May, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said he was considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all worldwide flights to and from the U.S. Kelly's comments came after President Trump shared highly classified intelligence about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) wanting to use laptops to target aircraft with senior Russian officials visiting the White House.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly suggested in a May appearance on Fox News that the ban could be expanded to all global flights, but officials backed away from that proposal last week.

Like U.S. travelers, Etihad passengers who have passed the pre-clearance at the center do not have to wait in the immigration and customs lines to complete the procedures again when they arrive at a U.S. airport.

The US is one of Etihad Airways' largest markets, with 203,515 passengers flying to the US from Abu Dhabi between 1 January and 30 April 2017.

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