Abu Dhabi becomes first airport to lift United States laptop ban

Abu Dhabi becomes first airport to lift United States laptop ban

The Department of Homeland Security has removed one city and airline from the electronics ban after Abu Dhabi International Airport and Etihad met the new elevated security standards that the department announced last week, CBS News transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave reports.

"Etihad Airways & Abu Dhabi In'tl Airport have implemented the required initial enhanced security measures". It has taken place with immediate effect, after the Transport Security Administration (TSA) - part of the Department of Homeland Security - completed an "observation and verification session" this morning.

The U.S. and Europe spent weeks negotiating whether to restrict large electronics on all flights bound for the U.S. However, passengers can expect to go through a more "extensive screening process".

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The capital of the United Arab Emirates is the first city to become exempt from the USA ban on laptops and tablets being brought in hand luggage following the airport's increased security measures.

The United States has lifted a ban on passengers taking laptops and tablet computers on Etihad Airways flights from its base in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, authorities said Sunday. "We commend Etihad for working swiftly to implement these additional measures". He said Etihad's efforts are a "model for both foreign and domestic airlines looking to adopt the new measures". It operates 45 flights a week between Abu Dhabi and six cities in the U.S. Kelly's comments came after US President Donald Trump shared highly classified intelligence about the Islamic State group wanting to use laptops to target aircraft with senior Russian officials visiting the White House. The three Gulf carriers - Emirates, Etihad and Qatar - flew over a crore passengers in and out of India previous year with anywhere from 67% to 80% of these flyers taking connecting flights from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha to fly between India and rest of the world. The airline also has been trying to get the ban lifted for its direct flights to the U.S. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A Syrian woman traveling to the United States through Amman in March opens her laptop before checking in at Beirut International Airport. Meanwhile, long-haul carrier Qatar Airways has been hurt amid a diplomatic dispute with Arab nations that has seen its own routes in the region cut off.

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