US lifts laptop ban from Abu Dhabi flights
Since March Middle East and North Africa airports and passengers have been subject to a laptop ban issued by the US
Etihad Airways has announced that the United States has lifted the ban of electronic devices on all flights from Abu Dhabi to the US.
The Department of Homeland Security made its decision due to the airline's tighter security measures at Abu Dhabi International Airport's pre-clearance facility where passengers must clear US immigration before arriving in the US. These new measures meet the US' requirements.
In a statement, Etihad said: "Effective immediately, the removal of the restrictions allows passengers flying to the US to carry all laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices onto the aircraft, subject to enhanced security measures.
"We would like to thank our guests for their understanding and loyalty while the ban was in place."
The Department of Homeland Security introduced new security measures last week to tackle the threat of terrorists using electronic devices as bombs. The new measures will now see an enhanced screening of electronic devices, and increased vetting of passengers, along with more bomb-sniffing dogs.
In March this year, the US banned electronic devices which are bigger than a smartphone on flights traveling to the US from Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey.