United States lifts laptop restriction for flights from Abu Dhabi

The initial ban started in March, when DHS announced that passengers flying to the USA from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa would be barred from carrying electronic devices larger than mobile phones into the cabin.

The lifting of the ban followed "an in-depth review of security procedures implemented at the Abu Dhabi International Airport Pre-clearance Centre", Xinhua quoted the government-controlled carrier as saying.

Etihad is the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates and it had begun conducting more passengers heading for the United States and screening at the Abu Dhabi International Airport itself.

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

Etihad Airways now operates 45 flights a week between Abu Dhabi and six cities across the United States - including double daily to NY, daily to Washington, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles, and three-times-per-week to San Francisco. "Their efforts are a model for both foreign and domestic airlines".

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On Sunday, Etihad Airways has announced that in response to the US's drop of the laptop ban on its airport, it has met the US's new security standards and increased the number of its passengers traveling to the US. "We would like to thank our guests for their understanding and loyalty while the ban was in place".

The US Government has recently chose to impose stricter security measures on aircraft flying to the US from other countries across the world.

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

Passengers are subject to "enhanced inspections" due to the new rules, which involves being screened before leaving the airport rather than waiting until they arrive in the US.

Saj Ahmad, an analyst with the London-based StrategicAero Research, said that he believed that Emirates will eventually succeed in getting the electronics ban removed on its flights.

  • Rita Burton