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Etihad and Emirates passengers flying to US hit hard by ban

New rules come into effect for those bound for America departing on March 25

Etihad and Emirates passengers flying to US hit hard by ban
An Etihad Airways jet can be seen parked at the terminal on March 21, 2017 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Passengers travelling on Etihad and Emirates will not be allowed to carry electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone in the cabin.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will require passengers travelling from 10 Middle East airports, including Emirates' Dubai hub, to stow electronic devices larger than a mobile phone with their checked baggage on all flights to the US from the end of the week.

Etihad Airways has issued the following statement: Following a directive from US authorities affecting selected airports, Etihad Airways has been advised that guests travelling to the United States from Abu Dhabi International Airport are not permitted to carry electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone in the cabin.

Mobile phones and medical devices are permitted but larger items such as laptops, tablets, cameras and e-readers will need to be placed into checked-in baggage. For those guests bound for the US, this must be done at the point of origin which may not necessarily be at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

New restrictions on passengers carrying electronics on US flights will be in place for nearly seven months, an Emirates spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

An Emirates spokeswoman confirmed the airline was subject to the "new security directive issued by the Transportation Security Administration."

Devices such as tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras will have to be checked under the directive. Medical devices will be excluded.

"The directive comes into effect on 25 March 2017 and is valid until 14 October 2017," the Emirates spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. "It is applicable to all US-bound passengers from Dubai International Airport, whether originating or transiting through."

The new rules come into effect for those US-bound flights departing Abu Dhabi on March 25.

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Duboy 3 years ago

This is a classic case where common sense is missing. The security risk is a veil to target the great ME carriers and hurt them economically. Any security expert would vouch that security evaluations must be absolute and not selective. In this case, if some one wishes to create harm, what stops them from taking multiple connecting flights where laptops are allowed on board and still arrive in the US or UK? Beats me!!