US lifts electronics ban on Etihad Airways flights from Abu Dhabi, UAE
The US Government has lifted its ban on passengers carrying laptops and tablets on Etihad Airways flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport in UAE.
Since March, the government had prohibited passengers from carrying electronic devices larger than mobile phones on direct US-bound flights travelling from ten airports in Turkey, North Africa and the Middle East.
The ban was implemented after intelligence officials were informed about ISIS efforts to design bombs that could be concealed in larger devices.
The decision to lift the ban on Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi was taken after the UAE-based airline adopted improved security measures.
US Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan was quoted by Agence France-Presse as saying: “We commend Etihad for working swiftly to implement these additional measures. Their efforts are a model for both foreign and domestic airlines looking to adopt the new measures.”
Lapan added that the measures implemented by Etihad were confidential.
However, airline passengers and their electronic devices will still have to pass through additional screening processes at Abu Dhabi Airport.
Etihad Aviation Group told the news agency: “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 US Government has recently decided to impose stricter security measures on aircraft flying to the US from other countries across the world.