USA lifts laptop restriction for flights from Abu Dhabi

Turkish Airlines aircrafts are parked at the Ataturk International airport in Istanbul Turkey

The US Government has lifted its ban on passengers carrying laptops and tablets on Etihad Airways flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport in UAE.

The airline said its plan to conduct "enhanced inspections" of passengers had convinced the United States to lift its restrictions.

In March, the USA introduced a ban on carrying large electronic devices into the passenger cabins of aircraft flying from 10 airports including the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

The extra screening and checking would make "minimal" difference to the time passengers spent going through security, a spokesman for Abu Dhabi airport told Reuters.

"We commend Etihad for working swiftly to implement these additional measures", he said.

The company said Etihad operates 45 flights a week between Abu Dhabi and the United States.

However, a recent announcement indicated that if those airports introduce rigorous checks on passengers before they board the flight, the ban could be reviewed.

Passengers are subject to "enhanced inspections" due to the new rules, which involves being screened before leaving the airport rather than waiting until they arrive in the US.

On Sunday, Etihad Airways has announced that in response to the US's drop of the laptop ban on its airport, it has met the US's new security standards and increased the number of its passengers traveling to the US.

Acting chief executive of operations, Abu Dhabi Airports, AbdulMajeed al-Khoori, told Reuters on Monday that US officials assessed the airport on Saturday night.

In Istanbul, Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Eksi wrote on Twitter that he believed the laptop ban there would end as soon as Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell) Passengers check into a flight at Abu Dhabi International Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

For Emirates, its Dubai hub has grown into the world's busiest airport for worldwide traffic, in large part thanks to the long-haul carrier's expansion.

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