The Abu Dhabi airline, Etihad Airways has announced that it welcomes the decision by the US Department of Homeland Security to lift the ban on electronic devices on flights between Abu Dhabi and the United States as of 2nd July 2017. This was announced after putting in place security measures at the US pre-clearance facility in Abu Dhabi airport.
Etihad Airways, in its official statement, mentioned that the removal of restrictions enables passengers flying to the US to carry all laptops, tablets and other electronic devices onto the aircraft, subject to high security measures.
All Etihad passengers travelling to the United States, clear US Immigration and Customs at the US pre-clearance facility in Terminal 3 at the Abu Dhabi International Airport, the one-of-its-kind in the Middle East. When they land in the US, they arrive as domestic passengers with no requirement of queuing up for immigration and customs check once again.
Although this decision affects 180 airlines and 280 airports, it is presumed that Etihad Airways is one of the first airlines to satisfy the short-term measures required by Transportation Security Administration due to superior security advantages provided by the preclearance facility.
Etihad Airways now operates total of 45 flights a week between Abu Dhabi and six cities across the United States, including twice a day flight to New York, daily to Washington, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles and thrice a week to San Francisco.
The United States is one of the largest markets for Etihad Airways with 203,515 passengers flying to the country from Abu Dhabi between 1st January and 30th April 2017, marking an increase of 13,157 over the same period last year.