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US Lifts Laptop Ban on Flights From Abu Dhabi

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FILE - An Etihad Airways plane prepares to land at the Abu Dhabi airport in the United Arab Emirates.

The United States on Sunday lifted a ban on laptop computers in the cabin of direct flights from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, after the country's flagship carrier Etihad implemented tighter security measures.

The ban went into effect in March for direct flights from 10 airports in the Middle East as U.S. officials were concerned about the potential for terrorists to hide bombs inside the computers.

Etihad, which runs 45 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and the U.S., welcomed the move.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security commended the airline for putting in place the new procedures, which were not disclosed, and said it is a "model for both foreign and domestic airlines looking to adopt the new measures."

The ban still applies to non-stop U.S.-bound flights from airports in Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Qatar, and Dubai.

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