Laptop ban: Emirates to enhance security

Posted July 05, 2017

Affecting 180 airlines and 280 airports, it is anticipated that Etihad Airways is one of the first airlines to be able to satisfy the short-term measures required by the transportation security administration due to the superior security advantages provided by the preclearance facility.

Saudia flies to the United States from airports in Jeddah and Riyadh.

One of the factors that led to this decision from the Us is the fact that Abu Dhabi airport has a a Preclearance facility that belongs to the "US Customs and Border Protection".

Etihad Aviation Group told the news agency: "Effective immediately, the removal of the restrictions allows passengers flying to the USA to carry all laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices onto the aircraft, subject to enhanced security measures".

"We hope that we will receive validation that all measures have been successfully implemented so that the electronics ban can be lifted as soon as possible for our USA flights", the airline said.

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) expects the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronics on direct flights to the United States to be lifted by July 19, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

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The Transportation Security Administration has appreciated the action taken by Etihad Airways since it is a part of an anti-terrorism measure for the safety of the worldwide civil aviation and the industry.

Britain quickly followed suit with a similar set of restrictions.

DHS spokesman, David Lapan, said in a statement provided to Reuters that Ethiad's efforts to implement extra security measures were a model for foreign and domestic airlines. Etihad operates 45 flights a week between the UAE's capital and six cities in the U.S.

Emirates' Dubai hub has grown into the world's busiest airport for worldwide traffic, in large part thanks to Emirates' expansion.

The US implemented the electronic device ban on inbound flights from 10 Middle Eastern airports back in March.