Etihad allows electronic devices onboard United States flights from Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi airport exempt from US ban on laptops

Dubai International Airport, Emirates' home, is the world's busiest international air travel hub. Laptops, e-readers, tablets, DSLR cameras and other large electronic devices were banned on flights to the U.S. from 10 airports, including Abu Dhabi.

Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said US officials already had seen that "the measures have been implemented correctly and to the full extent required" in Abu Dhabi.

The Department of Homeland Security said Sunday that it is lifting the ban because additional security measures have been put in place.

The UAE's national airline Etihad praised the decision made by the American Department of Homeland Security.

Also last week, officials announced enhanced security and screening measures for all US flights, saying affected airlines could be cleared from the laptop ban if they successfully adopt the new protocols.




The Trump administration, citing unspecified terrorism concerns, announced in March that passengers traveling from 10 cities would be prohibited from bringing laptops and certain personal electronic devices on board with them.

The US laptop ban was announced in March and now applies to nine global airports in the Middle East: Amman, Kuwait City, Cairo, Istanbul, Jeddah, Riyadh, Casablanca, Doha and Dubai. US carriers were exempted from the ban. That airport already has a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility that allows passengers to clear screening they'd otherwise have to go through when landing in America. The airline operates 45 flights each week between Abu Dhabi - the capital of the United Arab Emirates - and the United States.

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

The US is one of Etihad Airways' largest markets, with 203,515 passengers flying to the US from Abu Dhabi between 1 January and 30 April 2017.

The customs pre-clearance facility also allows guests to through-check their baggage to their final destination in the US.

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