US Lifts Laptop Ban For Etihad Flights

US Lifts Laptop Ban For Etihad Flights

Etihad said its passengers flying to the United States from Abu Dhabi International Airport "clear US Immigration and Customs at the US Preclearance facility in Terminal 3".

Affecting 180 airlines and 280 airports, it is anticipated that Etihad Airways is one of the first airlines to be able to satisfy the short-term measures required by the Transportation Security Administration due to the superior security advantages provided by the preclearance facility.

The capital of the United Arab Emirates became the first city to be exempt from a U.S. ban on laptop computers being in airplane cabins, the country's flag carrier said yesterday.

"Effective immediately, the removal of the restrictions allows passengers flying to the United States to carry all laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices onto the aircraft, subject to enhanced security measures", it added.

Abu Dhabi International Airport did not respond to a request for comment.

The email adds, "with the additional security checks in place, you can now take all your electronic devices safely on board with you".

In addition to the 10-airport ban, the United States announced on June 28 that it would impose stricter security measures on all US-bound flights, regardless of origin.

US officials are increasingly concerned about the possibility of terrorists targeting commercial airliners, CBS News' Jeff Pegues reported.

The changes come less than five days after DHS Secretary John Kelly announced new security measures for all USA -bound flights worldwide, about 2,100 on an average day or 118 million passengers a year. An official with knowledge of the threat said last month that it is evolving rapidly, and more terrorists are gaining the knowledge necessary to build a laptop bomb.

Emirates airline, which is based in Dubai, another emirate in the UAE and Abu Dhabi's neighbor, has slashed 20 percent of its flights to America in the wake of those decisions.

Etihad Airways, which is the only airline that has direct flights from Abu Dhabi to the USA, operates 45 US -bound flights a week from Abu Dhabi.

Dubai International Airport, Emirates' home, is the world's busiest international air travel hub.