Sunday, July 2, 2017

Etihad flights exempted from US laptop ban

Jul 03 2017 : The Times of India (Chennai)
Etihad flights exempted from US laptop ban

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad on Sunday said US-bo und passengers can now take electronics on board its aircraft as America has “fully lifted“ the ban on electronic devices on its flights from Abu Dhabi to the country. The US had on March 25 banned electronic devices larger than a mobile phone in passenger cabins of direct flights to the country from 10 airports in the Gulf, North Africa and Turkey.“The US Immigration facility at Abu Dhabi Airport not only enables you to clear US immigration before you fly to the US, but with the additional security checks in place, you can now take all your electronic devices safely on board with you,“ Etihad said in a mail to passengers.
Other airlines like Emirates and Qatar Airways did not say till the time of going to press if the ban on large electronic devices in passenger cabins on their nonstop to US had also been lifted.
Etihad has a 24% stake in Jet Airways. Jet flies to Abu Dhabi from cities in India and feeds the international flights of Etihad from there.
The three Gulf carriers -Emirates, Etihad and Qatar -flew over a crore passengers in and out of India last 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 US is also an important destination for Indian flyers taking these airlines and America's ban on personal electronic devices larger than cellphones in hand bag had affected them.
Etihad said: “We welcome the decision by the US department of homeland security to lift the electronic devices ban on flights between Abu Dhabi and the US, following the successful validation of security measures at the US Pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi airport on July 2, 2017. The removal of the restrictions allows passengers flying to the US to carry all laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices onto the aircraft, subject to enhanced security measures.“

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