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US Government lifts laptop restriction for flights from Abu Dhabi

The image shown below is Etihad Airways's tighter security measure at Abu Dhabi International Airport, where passengers clear US immigration before they land in the US, it is allowed to satisfy US requirements and bypass the laptop ban on flights to the US. — Reuters

The united States Government yesterday being the 2nd of July lifted a ban being placed on laptops in cabins on flights from Abu Dhabi to the United States.

The reason for this is that they have accessed and come to a conclusion that the United Arab Emirates' Etihad Airways had put in place required tighter security measures.

According to the department of Homeland security, TSA officials have visually  verified that the measures had been implemented correctly.

Currently, Etihad is the only airline that operates direct flights from Abu Dhabi to the United States.
The banning of laptops in cabins on flights to the United States was to address the fears that bombs could be concealed in electronic devices taken aboard aircraft.

The implementation of the ban originated from 10 airports in eight countries, they are  Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey.

Last week, the United States initiated security measures for flights to the country which is aimed at preventing the expansion of the ban to more countries that could cause major logistical problems and deter travel.

DHS spokesman David Lapan said in a statement provided to Reuters that Etihad's efforts to implement extra security measures were a model for foreign and domestic airlines.

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Other airports and airlines in the region, such as Emirates Airlines and Qatar Airlines, remain under the restrictions, he said.
"We look forward to working with other airlines to ensure implementation of these critical measures as quickly as possible," said Lapan.

Etihad operates 45 flights a week between Abu Dhabi and the United States, the company said. Dubai-based Emirates, the largest international airline by passenger traffic and a rival to Etihad, said in April it was cutting flights on five US routes because of reduced demand, after a travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump and the laptop ban.

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