US Lifts Electronics Ban on Some Flights After New Security

US Lifts Electronics Ban on Some Flights After New Security

US Lifts Electronics Ban on Some Flights After New Security

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

USA security officials are allowing passengers on flights from Abu Dhabi to the United States to carry their laptops and other electronics in airplane cabins.

The decision to lift the ban on US-bound Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi came after the airline implemented enhanced security measures, said David Lapan, spokesman for the US Department of Homeland Security.

He added enhanced procedures had been put in place, and commended airline Etihad for working swiftly to ensure they were implemented. He said Etihad's efforts are a "model for both foreign and domestic airlines looking to adopt the new measures".

Etihad Airways, the worldwide carrier of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said on Sunday the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has lifted a ban on carrying electronic devices, including laptops, onboard flights between the UAE capital Abu Dhabi and the U.S.

"We welcome the decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security", an Etihad Airways spokesperson said.

Britain announced a similar ban on personal electronic devices for flights originating from six countries, but not the United Arab Emirates.

In March, Washington announced a ban on carry-on laptops and other electronics larger than cellphones on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa.

Currently, no U. S. carriers operate direct flights to the UAE.

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

In late May, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said he was considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all worldwide flights to and from the United States. It flies twice a day to NY, daily to Washington Dulles International Airport, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles, and three times a week to San Francisco. Travelers to the United States clear customs before departing Abu Dhabi, allowing them to skip immigration lines upon arriving in the United States.

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.

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