The Pooled States has lifted a ban that prevented travellers flying Etihad Airways from needing laptop computers or other large electronics on board, after the Amalgamated Arab Emirates-based airline beefed up its security.
The Department of Homeland Custody announced over the weekend that Etihad would no longer be covered in the ban after the airline implemented enhanced security measures that concede passengers to clear U.S. immigration before they land in the United Asserts.
In March, the U.S. banned the use of electronics in cabin on flights from 10 urban districts in 8 countries, primarily in the Middle East and North Africa. It was believed at the occasion that terrorists had been attempting to build explosives that could be secreted inside electronic devices.
But Abu Dhabi is now excluded from the list after the airline caused new protocols at the airport that include more passenger screening.
2/2 Plaudits to @EtihadAirways for swift security changes. Passengers will now be able to do PEDs into the cabin of their US-bound flights
“The U.S. Immigration adroitness at Abu Dhabi Airport allows you to clear U.S. immigration and customs formalities in advance you fly to the U.S., instead of after landing,” the airline said. “Additional security corroborates also mean you can now take all your electronic devices safely on cabinet with you.”
The move makes Abu Dhabi the only airport in the region to from new stringent security measures in place, and gives Etihad a competitive advancement over other carriers, at least until more airports boost waxing their security. Currently, Etihad is the only airline that bids non-stop flights between the U.S. and Abu Dhabi, with 45 flights a week.
Emirates, the Middle East’s largest airline and a compete with to Etihad, said in April it was cutting flights on five U.S. routes because of pulped demand resulting from the new rules.
After rumblings that the U.S. was making allowance for expanding the ban, last month Homeland Security went in the opposite rule and instead required tighter check-in security at more than 100 supranational airports.
“We look forward to working with other airlines to secure implementation of these critical measures as quickly as possible,” a spokesperson with the put ones faith told Reuters.