Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Laptops ban lifted for flights from Abu Dhabi to US

Airways Boeing 777-3FX company aircraft takes off at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy France Etihad allows electronic devices onboard US flights from Abu Dhabi
Kelvin Reese | 03 July, 2017, 01:55

Also last week, officials announced enhanced security and screening measures for all USA flights, saying affected airlines could be cleared from the laptop ban if they successfully adopt the new protocols.

Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said officials were satisfied the security measures at the airport "have been implemented correctly and to the full extent required". It has taken place with immediate effect, after the Transport Security Administration (TSA) - part of the Department of Homeland Security - completed an "observation and verification session" this morning.

"Passengers will now be able to bring [personal electronic devices] into the cabin of their US-bound flights", Lapan wrote.

The capital of the United Arab Emirates became the first city to be exempt from a USA ban on laptop computers being in the cabins of airplanes coming from the Mideast, the country's flag carrier said Sunday.

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Etihad passengers travelling to the U.S. from Abu Dhabi will now be allowed to carry their electronic devices onboard, the airline has announced.

The US laptop ban was announced in March and now applies to nine worldwide airports in the Middle East: Amman, Kuwait City, Cairo, Istanbul, Jeddah, Riyadh, Casablanca, Doha and Dubai.

USA officials are increasingly concerned about the possibility of terrorists targeting commercial airliners, CBS News' Jeff Pegues reported. Other airlines like Emirates did not say till the time of going to press if the ban on large electronic devices in passenger cabins on their nonstop to United States had also been lifted. Kelly's comments came after US President Donald Trump shared highly classified intelligence about the Islamic State group wanting to use laptops to target aircraft with senior Russian officials visiting the White House. The airline also has been trying to get the ban lifted for its direct flights to the US.

A Syrian woman traveling to the United States through Amman in March opens her laptop before checking in at Beirut International Airport.

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