Air Travelers From Abu Dhabi To U.S. Can Carry Laptops In Cabins
The U.S. has lifted the ban after it confirmed Etihad Airways had put in place required tighter security measures.
After the ban was enforced in March, laptops on cabins on flights originating at 10 airports in eight countries, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey, Abu Dhabi International Airport were affected.
The ban was placed to address fears that bombs could be concealed in electronic devices taken aboard aircraft.
After the U.S. announced it has lifted the ban, Etihad welcomed the decision and credited a facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport where passengers clear U.S. immigration before they land in the U.S. for “superior security advantages” that had allowed it to satisfy requirements.
Transportation Security Administration officials have checked to ensure the measure was implemented correctly, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Acting chief executive of operations, Abu Dhabi Airports, AbdulMajeed al-Khoori, told Reuters on Monday that U.S. officials assessed the airport on Saturday night.
The disruption to passengers from the new measures will be “very minimal” with the processing time for those traveling to the United States unchanged, he said by phone.
Etihad is the only airline that operates direct flights from Abu Dhabi to the United States.
After the ban by U.S. Britain quickly followed suit with a similar set of restrictions.
On Friday, the United States unveiled security measures for flights to the country designed to prevent the expansion of the ban to more countries that could cause major logistical problems and deter travel.