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FILE - In this May 4, 2014 file photo, an Etihad Airways plane prepares to land at the Abu Dhabi airport in the United Arab Emirates. The capital of the United Arab Emirates became the first city to find itself exempt from a U.S. ban on laptop computers being in airplane cabins, the country’s flag carrier said Sunday. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

The US lifted its laptop ban for flights from Abu Dhabi



Abu Dhabi International Airport and Etihad Airways are now exempt from the U.S. laptop ban, which prevents those traveling on nonstop flights from the Middle East from bringing laptops into an airplane's cabin, the Department of Homeland Security announced Sunday.

Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan tweeted saying that Abu Dhabi International Airport and Etihad Airways have "implemented the required initial enhanced security measures" needed to satisfy U.S. requirements.

"The enhanced security measures, both seen and unseen, include enhanced screening of passengers and electronic devices," Lapan said. "We commend Etihad for working swiftly to implement these additional measures. Their efforts are a model for both foreign and domestic airlines."

Abu Dhabi International Airport is home to Etihad Airways, which has more than 120 planes in its fleet and operates about 45 flights a week between Abu Dhabi and six cities in the U.S.

The laptop ban, which was first announced in March, now applies to nonstop U.S.-bound flights from nine international airports in Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai in the UAE. In late May, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said he was considering expanding the laptop ban to apply to all international flights to and from the United States.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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