U.S. lifts lap­top ban on Abu Dhabi flights

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

DUBAI, United Arab Emi­rates — The cap­i­tal of the United Arab Emi­rates be­came the first city to be ex­empt from a U.S. ban on lap­top com­put­ers be­ing in the cab­ins of air­planes com­ing from the Mideast, the coun­try’s flag car­rier said Sun­day.

Long-haul air­line Eti­had said it wel­comed the de­ci­sion by the U.S. Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, which comes “sub­ject to en­hanced se­cu­rity mea­sures” at Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Air­port. That air­port al­ready has a U.S. Customs and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion fa­cil­ity that al­lows pas­sen­gers to clear screen­ing they’d oth­er­wise have to go through when land­ing in Amer­ica.

Home­land Se­cu­rity spokesman David La­pan said U.S. of­fi­cials al­ready had seen that “the mea­sures have been im­ple­mented cor­rectly and to the full ex­tent re­quired” in Abu Dhabi. He said Amer­i­can mon­i­tors would make fur­ther vis­its to en­sure the checks were be­ing done prop­erly.

The U.S. ban, first an­nounced in March as a se­cu­rity mea­sure, now applies to non­stop U.S.-bound flights from nine in­ter­na­tional air­ports in Am­man, Jor­dan; Kuwait City; Cairo; Is­tan­bul; Jed­dah and Riyadh, Saudi Ara­bia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai in the United Arab Emi­rates.

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