Emirates responds to US lifting electronic ban on Etihad flights
Emirates Airline has released a statement addressing the fact that the US Department of Homeland Security has lifted the “laptop ban” on all Etihad Airways flights to the US.
“We welcome the US Department of Homeland Security’s latest directive on enhanced screening measures. Lifting the ban on bringing laptops and other personal electronic devices onboard will be good news for travellers flying into the USA. We look forward to working with the authorities and Dubai airport stakeholders to implement these measures as soon as possible for our US flights," the statement reads.
This comes one day after the US Department of Homeland Security confirmed that all passengers with Etihad Airways to the US will now be able to take electronics such as laptops, tablets and any device considered larger than a smartphone onto the cabin.
Etihad Airways released a statement addressing the news of the ban being lifted, which read: “Effective immediately, 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.
“We would like to thank our guests for their understanding and loyalty while the ban was in place.”
The move comes after the “successful validation of security measures at the US pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi airport.”
Last week, the US Department of Homeland Security imposed a number of broad new demands for increased security on all flights to the US in an attempt to combat terrorism.
The rules will affect an estimated 325,000 passengers a day, flying from 280 airports in 105 countries.
According to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, enhanced screening of electronic devices, more thorough vetting of passengers and increased use of bomb-sniffing dogs are just some of the heightened security measures that will be introduced.
Speaking on the news, a spokesman for the US Department of Homeland Security David Lapan said: “We commend Etihad for working swiftly to implement these additional measures. Their efforts are a model for both foreign and domestic airlines looking to adopt the new measures.”
Lapan added that while the additional safety measures are confidential, passengers and electronic devices would face additional screening.