Abu Dhabi’s Airport Exempt from US Laptop Ban
Passengers flying from Abu Dhabi to the US can carry their laptops onto flights, Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan Tweeted Sunday.
Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi International Airport have implemented the required initial enhanced security measures. PEDs restriction lifted.
Kudos to @EtihadAirways for swift security changes. Passengers will now be able to bring PEDs into the cabin of their US-bound flights
— David Lapan (@SpoxDHS) July 2, 2017
Long-haul airline Etihad said it welcomed the decision by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which comes “subject to enhanced security measures” at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
That airport already has a U.S Customs and Border Protection facility that allows passengers to clear screening they would otherwise have to go through when landing in America.
The US in March banned laptops in airplane cabins on flights coming from 10 different airports, including Kuwait, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Morocco and Jordan. Instead, DHS will now heighten aviation screening for all international flights coming into the USA
“It is time that we raise the global baseline of aviation security. We cannot play international whack-a-mole with each new threat,” DHS Secretary John Kelly said during a security conference Wednesday.
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