US laptop ban: Dubai's Emirates working towards implementing increased security measures

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The West Asia's biggest airline says it is working to implement increased security measures in response to the United States demands to reverse a ban on laptops and other electronics onboard its United States-bound flights.

File image of Emirates . News 18.

File image of Emirates . News 18.

Dubai-based airline Emirates said in a statement on Tuesday it is "working hard in coordination with various aviation stakeholders and the local authorities" to put the heightened security measures and protocols in place.

Emirates' Dubai hub has grown into the world's busiest airport for international traffic, in large part thanks to Emirates' expansion. It was one of 10 airports affected by the ban on cabin electronics put in place by the Trump administration in March.

Another Emirati airport, in Abu Dhabi, this week became the first to be exempted from the cabin electronics ban.

Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said US officials already had seen that "the measures have been implemented correctly and to the full extent required" in Abu Dhabi. He said American monitors would make further visits to ensure the checks were being done properly.

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


Published Date: Jul 04, 2017 16:30 PM | Updated Date: Jul 04, 2017 16:32 PM

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