Abu Dhabi airport exempt from USA ban on laptops

Violet Tucker
July 3, 2017

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

To further increase aviation safety, the US government imposed a ban in March on electronic devices in the carry-on luggage onboard direct flights from 10 worldwide airports in eight countries of the Middle East and North Africa.

The "laptop ban", as it has become widely known, was imposed by the USA government in March on the grounds of "innovative methods" being used by terrorists.

Etihad Airways, which is the only airline that has direct flights from Abu Dhabi to the US, operates 45 USA -bound flights a week from Abu Dhabi.

Etihad guests traveling to the U.S. will be able to complete U.S. immigration and customs clearance at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Pre-clearance Center located at Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport, the only facility of its kind in the Middle East.

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On Twitter, David Lapan, a spokesman at DHS, praised Etihad for its "swift" action.

He added enhanced procedures had been put in place, and commended airline Etihad for working swiftly to ensure they were implemented. "Their efforts are a model for both foreign and domestic airlines".

The U.S. ban, first announced in March, now applies to nonstop U.S. -bound flights from nine global airports in Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai in the UAE. 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 USA had also been lifted.

Abu Dhabi already has USA -based security and immigration officials at the airport. Dubai-based Emirates has slashed 20 percent of its flights to America in the wake of those decisions. The airline also has been trying to get the ban lifted for its direct flights to the U.S. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Dubai International Airport, Emirates' home, is the world's busiest international air travel hub.

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