Homeland Security Department ends laptop ban for Abu Dhabi airline

Robyn Ryan
July 3, 2017

"The enhanced security measures, both seen and unseen, include enhanced screening of passengers and electronic devices", Lapan said, declining to elaborate.

"We commend Etihad for working swiftly to implement these additional measures", he said.

The US ban, first announced in March, now applies to nonstop US-bound flights from nine worldwide airports in Amman, Kuwait, Cairo, Istanbul, Jeddah, Riyadh, Casablanca, Doha and Dubai.

In late May, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said he was considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all global flights to and from the United States.

"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 in a statement Sunday.

Etihad said Sunday that it welcomed the decision.

"We would like to thank our guests for their understanding and loyalty while the ban was in place".

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All this also comes amid a wider dispute between Gulf airlines and American carriers, which accuse the Middle East airlines of flooding the market with capacity while receiving billions of dollars of unfair government subsidies. Travelers to the United States clear customs before departing Abu Dhabi, allowing them to skip immigration lines upon arriving in the United States.

In March the United States banned laptops in cabins on flights to the United States originating at 10 airports in eight countries - Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey - to address fears that bombs could be concealed in electronic devices taken aboard aircraft.

Last week, the United States unveiled security measures for flights to the country created to prevent the expansion of the ban to more countries that could cause major logistical problems and deter travel. The US is also an important destination for Indian flyers taking these airlines and America's ban on personal electronic devices larger than cellphones in hand bag had affected them.

The criterion are, in part, created to let affected carriers allow electronics in airplane cabins again, while helping others avoid a ban. Other actions will take longer and require more worldwide coordination, he said.

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