UPDATE: 03/07/2017 11:04AM - Emirates has welcomed the latest security developments, indicating that it will soon follow suit in lifting the devices ban. The Dubai-based airline carrier has said, in a statement, that the latest US directive on enhanced screening will see the original ban lifted, and that it will be working on lifting the devices ban as soon as possible.
"We welcome the US Department of Homeland Security's latest directive on enhanced screening measures," said an Emirates spokesperson. "Lifting the ban on bringing laptops and other personal electronic devices onboard will be good news for travellers flying into the USA. We look forward to working with the authorities and Dubai airport stakeholders to implement these measures as soon as possible for our US flights."
The US has lifted the ban on carrying electronic devices, including laptop and tablets, on flights between Abu Dhabi and the US, Etihad Airways has said.
The decision was made following “the successful validation of security measures at the US Pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi airport”, the airline said in a statement to the media.
“Effective immediately, the removal of the restrictions allows passengers flying to the US to carry all laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices onto the aircraft, subject to enhanced security measures.”
The move follows recent new of the US government’s imposed sweeping demands for increased airport security on flights to and from America to combat the threat of terrorism.
The demands will apply to an average of 325,000 passengers a day flying to the US from 280 airports in 105 countries, according to a report in Arabian Business.
The US Pre-clearance facility in Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport is the only one of its kind in the Middle East. Once passengers land in the US from Abu Dhabi, they arrive as domestic passengers, with no requirement to queue for immigration and custom checks again. And it is this facility that has played a significant part in the decision to lift the ban, Etihad Airways said.
The US is one of Etihad Airways’ largest markets. The airline currently operates 45 flights a week between Abu Dhabi and six cities in the US, including New York, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles.