The United States has lifted a ban on laptops and other electronics from cabins on direct flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport (United Arab Emirates) to American airports. The measure took effect on Sunday, July 2. The decision came following the implementation of tighter security measures by Etihad Airways, the only airline with direct flights from Abu Dhabi to the US.
On March 24, a measure went into effect that prevented passengers flying directly to the United States from ten Middle Eastern and North African airports from transporting any electronic devices larger than a "normal sized" smartphone (16 cm x 9.3 cm x 1.5 cm / 6.3 in x 3.5 in x 0.6 in) in carry-on luggage. Laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, DVD players, and video games must be transported in checked luggage if flying to the US from these airports.
As a reminder, the restrictions remain in place in the following nine airports: :
- Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman, Jordan
- Cairo International Airport (CAI) in Egypt
- Atatürk International Airport (IST) in Istanbul, Turkey
- King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International Airport (RUH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait International Airport (KWI)
- Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) in Casablanca, Morocco
- Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar
- Dubai International Airport (DXB) in the United Arab Emirates
Travelers are advised to contact their airline for more information.