10 JULY 2017
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Turkish Airlines on Thursday became the latest airline to have the US ban on in-cabin electronics lifted with immediate effect. Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates have all had the restriction eased while Saudia said it expected to follow “on or before” 19 July.
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad was the first to get the green light for passengers to resume travelling with laptops and other electronic devices in the cabin after clearance by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
As other carriers also qualified, the department said the airlines concerned “have initiated the process for lifting the ban by alerting the TSA (America’s Transportation Security Administration) they are ready to comply with the enhanced security measures".
Etihad offers immigration and customs pre-clearance at Abu Dhabi to US-bound passengers, which means when arriving in the US the passengers are treated the same as if they were from a domestic flight.
The airline said in a statement: “We welcome the decision … to lift the electronic devices ban on flights between Abu Dhabi and the United States, following the successful validation of security measures at the US Preclearance facility.
“Effective immediately, the removal of the restrictions allows passengers flying to the US to carry all laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices on to the aircraft, subject to enhanced security measures.”
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Barry Graham, Washington, DC
Did the UK lift its ban too?