Etihad Airways has advised that the US-bound flights electronic device in-cabin ban is in place now for the airline’s passengers who are transiting through Abu Dhabi International Airport. US-bound passengers travelling via Abu Dhabi must check in their electronic devices at the point of origin.
The airline is sending email alerts to all US-bound travellers advising them of the new directive. Signage is placed at check-in desks at airports around the world where staff are advising guests to pack any prohibited electronic devices in their checked luggage.
Items including laptops, tablets, gaming devices, cameras, and e-readers must be placed in checked-in luggage. Medical devices are exempt and can be carried onboard. Guests are also encouraged to avoid carrying spare battery packs larger than the permitted size as these will not be allowed in either the luggage hold or the cabin.
To avoid inconvenience, guests are encouraged to pack the prohibited items in their checked baggage prior to reaching the Preclearance facility. Any prohibited electronic devices will have to be declared and placed in padded envelopes before being securely taken to the aircraft luggage hold by staff. Those items will be returned to guests on arrival in the US.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “We remain committed to ensuring we provide guests the highest levels of service and quality experience that we are renowned for, at Abu Dhabi International Airport and throughout their journey to minimise the impact of the new measures.”
All Etihad Airways’ flights to the USA have mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity, together with power and USB points at every seat enabling guests to remain connected through their mobiles and smart phones.