US lifts ban on electronics devices for Etihad flights

Dubai (IINA) � Etihad Airways said on Sunday it is fully lifting the electronics ban on board its flights to the United States after approval from the US Department of Homeland Security, Gulf News reported.

Effective immediately, the removal of the restrictions allows passenger flying to the US to carry all laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices onto the aircraft, subject to enhanced security measures, Etihad said.

In an emailed statement, the Abu Dhabi carrier said the lifting of the ban follows the successful validation of security measures at the US Preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi airport earlier on Sunday.

Etihad currently operates 45 flights a week between Abu Dhabi and six cities across the US that include New York, Washington, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

All Etihad passengers traveling to the US clear US immigration and customs at the preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport, the only such facility in the Middle East. When passengers then land in the US, they are not required to queue for immigration and custom checks again.

Etihad said it welcomes the decision by Homeland Security to lift the electronic devices ban and thanked customers for their understanding while the ban was in place.

The ban on carry-on devices larger than a smartphone on direct flights to the US was implemented in March, and affected carriers flying from 10 Middle Eastern airports including Abu Dhabi International and Dubai International Airports

Source: International Islamic News Agency