On Sunday, Etihad Airways has announced that in response to the US’s drop of the laptop ban on its airport, it has met the US’s new security standards and increased the number of its passengers traveling to the US. This laptop ban is still implemented on 10 airports in eight other African and Middle Eastern countries.
Since the US’s recent tightened security on international planes coming to the country, travellers have been discouraged and there has been a drop in the number of people visiting the US. The US has recently implemented a stricter security standard on 10 airports from eight countries in Africa and the Middle East. One of the new rules is that electronics bigger than cellphones are no longer allowed on carry-ons on US direct flights. Recently it decided to drop its ban from Etihad Airways.
In response, Etihad Airways has announced on Sunday that it will be complying to the new US standards and has also increased the number of passengers travelling to the US.
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.”
The Airline’s Response
“We welcome the decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to lift the electronic devices ban on flights between Abu Dhabi and the United States, following the successful validation of security measures at the U.S. Preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi airport,” the airline’s statement said.
“Effective immediately, the removal of the restrictions allows passengers flying to the U.S. to carry all laptops, tablets and other electronic devices onto the aircraft, subject to enhanced security measures,” the airline said.
“We would like to thank our guests for their understanding and loyalty while the ban was in place.s” it continued to say.