Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Dept. of Homeland Security frees Emirati airline from laptop ban

It's back to situation normal on flights from Abu Dhabi to the USA LUCA JACKSON REUTERS It's back to situation normal on flights from Abu Dhabi to the USA
Debra Rodriguez | 03 July, 2017, 01:43

The other airlines and airports included in the March laptop ban remain affected by it.

Etihad, the UAE airline, announced that its hub airport had been cleared to lift the ban at by the U.S. government after implementing extra security measures.

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". "Their efforts are a model for both foreign and domestic airlines looking to adopt the new measures".

Etihad Aviation Group applauded the decision. The US is also an important destination for Indian flyers taking these airlines and America's ban on personal electronic devices larger than cellphones in hand bag had affected them.

The other cities are Amman, Cairo, Casablanca, Doha, Dubai, Istanbul, Jeddah, Kuwait City and Riyadh.

The changes come less than five days after DHS Secretary John Kelly announced new security measures for all USA -bound flights worldwide, about 2,100 on an average day or 118 million passengers a year.

The USA has drastically tightened airport security in recent years
JOE PENNEY The USA has drastically tightened airport security in recent years

- RELATED: DHS Announces New Security for All Flights into U.S. 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 U.S. had also been lifted.

Abu Dhabi International Airport became the first airport to be exempt from a USA ban on laptop computers, the Associated Press reported on Sunday.

Lapan said the specific measures that were put in place were confidential, but added that passengers and electronic devices would face additional screening. It flies twice a day to NY, daily to Washington Dulles International Airport, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles, and three times a week to San Francisco.

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad on Sunday night said US-bound passengers can now take electronics on board its aircraft.

Etihad Airways passengers travelling to the United States pass through immigration and customs at a pre-clearance facility in Abu Dhabi International Airport's Terminal 3, the company said. On landing in the USA, travellers arrive as a domestic passenger with no need for immigration checks again.

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