July 3, 2017 - 10:35 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The United States on Sunday, July 2 lifted a ban on laptops in cabins on flights from Abu Dhabi to the United States, saying the United Arab Emirates' Etihad Airways had put in place required tighter security measures, Reuters reports.
Etihad welcomed the decision and credited a facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport where passengers clear U.S. immigration before they land in the United States for "superior security advantages" that had allowed it to satisfy U.S. requirements.
TSA officials visually verified that the measures had been implemented correctly, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Etihad is the only airline that operates direct flights from Abu Dhabi to the United States.
In March, the United States banned laptops in cabins on flights to the United States originating at 10 airports in eight countries - Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey - to address fears that bombs could be concealed in electronic devices taken aboard aircraft.
Britain quickly followed suit with a similar set of restrictions.
Etihad operates 45 flights a week between Abu Dhabi and the United States, the company said.
Dubai-based Emirates, the largest international airline by passenger traffic and a rival to Etihad, said in April it was cutting flights on five U.S. routes because of reduced demand, after a travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump and the laptop ban.