The Department of Homeland Security has removed one city and airline from the electronics ban after Abu Dhabi International Airport and Etihad met the new elevated security standards that the department announced last week, CBS News transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave reports.
Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said US officials already had seen that "the measures have been implemented correctly and to the full extent required" in Abu Dhabi. "We commend Etihad for working swiftly to implement these additional measures".
Etihad passengers travelling to the USA from Abu Dhabi will now be allowed to carry their electronic devices onboard, the airline has announced.
DHS spokesman David Lapan said that TSA officials verified the new measures with "visual confirmation". "Their efforts are a model for both foreign and domestic airlines".
"We would like to thank our guests for their understanding and loyalty while the ban was in place", Etihad said in a statement. It operates 45 flights a week between Abu Dhabi and six cities in the U.S.
The United States has lifted a ban on passengers taking laptops and tablet computers on Etihad Airways flights from its base in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, authorities said Sunday.
Etihad Airways passengers travelling to the United States pass through immigration and customs at a pre-clearance facility in Abu Dhabi International Airport's Terminal 3, the company said. The airline is the largest worldwide carrier in the world. The security measures include beefed-up passenger screening, closer examination of personal devices like cell phones and iPads and expanded canine screening.
Following the decision, Etihad sent out emails to customers that read: "If you are planning to travel to the U.S.in the near future, we wanted to let you know that you can now take all your electronic devices on board our USA flights from Abu Dhabi". Travelers to the United States clear customs before departing Abu Dhabi, allowing them to skip immigration lines upon arriving in the United States.