The chairman of the United Arab Emirates’ aviation regulator has expressed his “surprise” at the US government’s ban on larger electronic devices and pointed to high standards of security at UAE’s two hub airports in Abu Dhabi and Dubai....More
Six US senators have written a letter to the US secretaries of state and transportation, encouraging them to take “firm action” against alleged large government subsidies to the Gulf majors that allow those airlines to fly routes to the US they say would not be viable absent government assistance....More
United Airlines has unveiled a redesigned security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal C, featuring 17 new automated screening lanes built by Luton, UK-based aviation checkpoint developer L-3 MacDonald Humfrey....More
Emirates Airline is offering passengers a special handling service on flights affected by the new US electronics carry-on ban so they can keep their laptops and tablets with them until they board the aircraft....More
Travelers from 10 Middle Eastern and African airports flying to the US under a new Homeland Security Department (DHS) electronics ban could see an increased risk from lithium battery-ignited fires in the cargo holds of their aircraft, according to two battery and aircraft safety experts....More
I flew to Abu Dhabi for a short work trip in January and, if I’m honest, I found the security and screening processes at that airport ahead of my flight back to Washington DC a bit annoying.
However, given today’s announcement about new US security rules for flights from that airport and nine others, most of them also in the Middle East, the focus of my annoyance has changed....More