US lifts laptop ban for Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi airport now clears passengers for US immigration
Passengers flying from Abu Dhabi to the USA will be now be able to carry on gadgets such as laptops during their journey.
The US has lifted its laptop ban for the route after new rules were initially introduced in March, requiring passengers to put laptops and other gadgets in the hold.
Etihad Airways is currently the only airline that operates direct flights from Abu Dhabi to the US. It welcomed the decision and credited a facility at Abu Dhabi airport, where passengers clear US immigration before they land in the US for “superior security advantages”, for satisfying US requirements.
The extra checks carried out at Abu Dhabi will mean passengers go through US customs and border screening before they take off rather than after they touch down.
An Abu Dhabi airport spokesperson told Reuters that the extra screening would make “minimal” difference to the time passengers spent going through security.
A spokesperson for the US Department of Homeland Security said security services hoped other airlines and airports covered by the restrictions would follow suit.
In March, the US banned laptops in cabins on flights originating at 10 airports in eight countries – Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey – to address fears that bombs could be concealed in electronic devices taken aboard. The ban states that any device larger than 16cm by 9.3cm by 1.5cm has to be put into checked baggage.
Reuters / TTG Digital


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