Sunday 17 December 2017

The US electronics ban has been lifted from Abu Dhabi International Airport

The airport was one of 10 in the Middle East that the ban affected.

Abu Dhabi International Airport (David Davies/PA)
Abu Dhabi International Airport (David Davies/PA)

By Zaina Alibhai

The ban on carrying electronics in the aeroplane cabins of flights arriving from Abu Dhabi to the US has been lifted.

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

Passengers flying from Abu Dhabi International Airport were already able to clear screening at a US Customs and Border Protection facility, that they would otherwise have to go through upon their arrival to the States.

Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said officials were satisfied the security measures at the airport “have been implemented correctly and to the full extent required”.

He added enhanced procedures had been put in place, and commended airline Etihad for working swiftly to ensure they were implemented.

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(Steve Parsons/PA)

The US laptop ban was announced in March and now applies to nine international airports in the Middle East: Amman, Kuwait City, Cairo, Istanbul, Jeddah, Riyadh, Casablanca, Doha and Dubai.

Abu Dhabi International Airport is home to long haul airline Etihad, which has more than 120 planes in its fleet and 204 aircraft on order.

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