Abu Dhabi airport says it is now exempt from US laptop ban

Author: Arab NewsSun, 2017-07-02 03:00ID: 1499007890742064100
DUBAI: The flag carrier of the UAE says its flights out of the country’s capital are now exempt from a US ban on laptops being in airplane cabins.
Long-haul carrier Etihad said Sunday it welcomed the decision by the US Department of Homeland Security, which comes “subject to enhanced security measures” at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at StrategicAero Research, told Arab News: “Etihad will certainly benefit and manage to even steal traffic away from Emirates and other GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) airlines on US flights, given that the laptop ban now no longer applies to US flights out of Abu Dhabi.
“That alone is a major strategic win for them, and I heavily suspect that behind the scenes, Dubai and Emirates are also pushing furiously with the US government to get the same restrictions removed.”
The lifting of the ban will give Etihad “a robust platform to challenge US airlines that do not service the Middle East,” Ahmad said. “All of this augurs well for Etihad and Abu Dhabi.”
Abu Dhabi’s airport already has a US Customs and Border Protection facility that allows passengers to clear screening they would otherwise have to go through when landing in America.
The ban now applies to nonstop US-bound flights from nine international airports in Amman, Kuwait City, Cairo, Istanbul, Jeddah, Riyadh, Casablanca, Doha and Dubai.
 
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