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Etihad Airways welcomes electronic ban lift to US

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Etihad Airways welcomed the decision by the US Department of Homeland Security to lift the electronic devices ban on flights between Abu Dhabi and the United States, following successful validation of security measures at the US Preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi airport.

Effective immediately, 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.

The airline currently operates 45 flights a week between Abu Dhabi and six cities across the United States – including double daily to New York, daily to Washington, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles, and three-times-per-week to San Francisco.

The US is one of Etihad Airways’ largest markets, with 203,515 passengers flying to the US from Abu Dhabi between 1 January and 30 April 2017. This was up by 13,157 passengers for the same period in 2016.