'Charge phones before flying,' say US security officials

Passengers flying to US will not be allowed on board with devices that cannot be powered up

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'Charge phones before flying,' say US security officials Etihad displays US and UAE flags upon arrival of the inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport last month.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  July 8, 2014

Passengers from "certain overseas airports" flying to the US are being told to have their mobile phones, tablets and other electronic devices charged before they board the flight, online reports say.

It is unclear at present what the situation is in the UAE, as the list of airports has not yet been published. The General Civil Aviation Authority and Emirates Airline are preparing statements at the moment but have no comment as yet.

Chris Youlten, Etihad Airways vice president network operations told ITP.net: "At present, Etihad Airways has not been impacted by such measures. The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Pre-Clearance Facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport has created an added layer of protection, and this was pre-defined by the US and UAE governments as one of the reasons why this facility was introduced in the emirate. Pre-cleared flights already require enhanced security measures which have been in place since the facility opened.

"Enhanced security measures are consistently being introduced at airports across the world in response to improvements in the manufacture of explosive devices. Etihad Airways monitors the development of airport screening and detection measures, both electronic and human, everywhere we fly, and we remain satisfied that those measures are currently very effective."

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