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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

US laptop ban lifted for Abu Dhabi's Etihad flights, Dubai's Emirates soon to follow

The US has lifted the ban on carrying electronic devices, including laptop and tablets, on flights between Abu Dhabi and the US, Etihad Airways has said.
US laptop ban lifted for Abu Dhabi flights, Dubai soon to follow
The decision was made following “the successful validation of security measures at the US Pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi airport”, the airline said in a statement to the media.
“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.”
The move follows recent new of the US government’s imposed sweeping demands for increased airport security on flights to and from America to combat the threat of terrorism. 
"We welcome the US Department of Homeland Security's latest directive on enhanced screening measures," said an Emirates spokesperson. "Lifting the ban on bringing laptops and other personal electronic devices onboard will be good news for travellers flying into the USA. We look forward to working with the authorities and Dubai airport stakeholders to implement these measures as soon as possible for our US flights."
Emirates has welcomed the latest security developments, indicating that it will soon follow suit in lifting the devices ban. The Dubai-based airline carrier has said, in a statement, that the latest US directive on enhanced screening will see the original ban lifted, and that it will be working on lifting the devices ban as soon as possible.

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