After a ban on large electronic devices was introduced on flights from a number of Middle Eastern countries back in March, the US has now lifted the restrictions on flights departing from Abu Dhabi.
In March 2017, new TSA requirements were put into place which restricted passengers traveling to the U.S. from bringing large electronic devices (such as laptops, cameras and tablets) on board as carry-on baggage. The regulations affected 10 airports across 8 countries, primarily in the Middle East. Now, the restrictions have been lifted for one country – Abu Dhabi.
The restrictions were lifted on Sunday (July 2), meaning if you’re heading back to the U.S. from Abu Dhabi airport you’ll now be able to bring your laptop on board. Etihad is the only airline to fly from Abu Dhabi to the U.S., and has put in a number of additional security measures since the ban was introduced, leading to the U.S. lifting the restrictions.
The ban is still in place at 9 airports across 7 countries, including Dubai International and Doha International.