United States eases laptop ban for flights from Abu Dhabi airport, says Etihad

Etihad says flyers can carry electronic on board US flights from Abu Dhabi

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

Etihad Airways welcomed the decision, and credited a preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport where passengers clear USA immigration before they land in the United States for "superior security advantages" that had allowed it to satisfy U.S. requirements.

Long-haul airline Etihad said it welcomed Homeland Security's decision, which comes "subject to enhanced security measures" at Abu Dhabi International Airport. "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".

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The UAE's national airline Etihad praised the decision made by the American Department of Homeland Security. US carriers were exempted from the ban.

Abu Dhabi already has US -based security and immigration officials at the airport.

The Department of Homeland Security announced on Wednesday the US would be unveiling new aviation security measures for all global flights entering the country, instead of implementing the laptop ban.

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Last week, the United States unveiled security measures for flights to the country created to prevent the expansion of the ban to more countries that could cause major logistical problems and deter travel.

The United States has lifted a ban on passengers taking laptops and tablet computers on Etihad Airways flights from its base in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, authorities said Sunday. 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.

The US is one of Etihad Airways' largest markets, with 203,515 passengers flying to the US from Abu Dhabi between 1 January and 30 April 2017.

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Etihad Airways passengers travelling to the USA pass through immigration and customs at a pre-clearance facility in Abu Dhabi International Airport's Terminal 3, the company said. When they arrive in the USA they are treated as domestic passengers and do not have to pass through customs a second time.

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