Full Ban On Electronic Devices On Board Flights From Abu Dhabi To The United States




Etihad Airways has announced that the US National Security Administration has lifted the ban on electronic devices on board flights between Abu Dhabi and the United States.

The airline said in a statement: “Etihad welcomes the decision of the National Security Administration in the United States to lift the ban on electronic devices on board flights between Abu Dhabi and the United States.”

Etihad added that this comes after an in-depth management review and verification of the advanced security measures applied at the Pre-clearance Center for US Travel Procedures at Abu Dhabi International Airport on Sunday.

With the immediate effect of the resolution, the lifting of restrictions on passengers to the United States allows all laptops, tablets and other electronic devices on board to be subject to enhanced inspection and inspection procedures.

According to the airline, Etihad guests traveling to the United States will be able to complete US immigration and customs clearance at the US Customs and Border Protection Pre-clearance Center at Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport, the only facility of its kind in the Middle East , Where guests traveling to the United States are treated as local travelers and therefore do not have to wait in the immigration and customs lines to complete the procedures again.

With 180 airlines and 280 airports affected by the ban, Etihad is expected to be one of the first airlines to meet the short-term measures required by the Transportation and Security Administration, given its superior security measures at the Pre-clearance Facility.

Etihad currently operates 45 flights a week between Abu Dhabi and six cities across the United States, including two daily flights to New York, a daily trip to Washington, DC, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles, as well as three weekly flights to San Francisco.

The United States is one of Etihad’s major markets, with 203,515 passengers traveling to the United States from Abu Dhabi between January 1 and April 30, 2017, an increase of 13,157 passengers over the same period of 2016.


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