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Etihad Airways Celebrates As USA Removes Laptop Ban From Abu Dhabi Airport

In a latest development, the United States of America has lifted the laptop restrictions from Abu Dhabi Airport in cabins on flights. The move into effect after Etihad Airways had made sure of putting necessary tighter security measures.

It is pertinent to state that Etihad Airways operates 45 flights in a week between Abu Dhabi and the USA.

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A welcoming decision

On Sunday, the Etihad Airways hailed the decision. Subsequently, passengers can now travel to USA along with their laptops from Abu Dhabi International Airport. However, the passengers will now have to go through some tighter and stern security measures to bypass the U.S. immigration at the airport.

As per the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the officials of Transportation Security Administration have double-checked that the measures are implemented fittingly.

The acting chief executive of Abu Dhabi Airports, Abdul Majeed Al-Khoori, while speaking to Reuters on Monday said that the U.S. officials closely evaluated the airport on Saturday night. He also stated:

“The disruption to passengers from the new measures will be ‘very minimal’ with the processing time for those traveling to the United States unchanged”

It is noteworthy to mention that Etihad Airways is the only airline that operates direct flight to the US from Abu Dhabi.

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Ban was imposed due to security

USA imposed a ban of carrying laptops in cabins on flights in March. The ban was levied at 10 airports in 8 different countries which included Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The primary reason behind the charge was the distress that explosive material could be hidden in electronic gadgets which are taken on board in the aircraft.

The move also tempted United Kingdom to follow the same suit and consequently they imposed the same restrictions.

Not too long ago, USA disclosed further security measures for flights to USA intended to cease the extension of the ban to more countries. That will have a massive impact which will eventually cause logistical problems besides discouraging travel.

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Moving Forward

In a statement provided to Reuters, the spokesman of DHS David Lapan said that Etihad Airways’ efforts to apply extra security measures were a model for domestic and foreign airlines. In addition, he told that other airports and airlines in the region like Emirates and Qatar Airways are still under the restrictions. He further stated:

“We look forward to working with other airlines to ensure implementation of these critical measures as quickly as possible”

The chief operator of Emirates hub Dubai International Airport, Dubai Airports said on Monday:

“We had offered our full cooperation to satisfy the U.S. directive as quickly as possible”

The largest airline of the Middle East and a rival to Etihad Airways, Emirates, said in April that it was reducing the number of flights on 5 USA routes. The reason is condensed demand after President Donald Trump imposed a travel and laptop ban.

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