Ahmed al-Shamsi, the acting chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi International Airport, speaks to The Associated Press in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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At Abu Dhabi International Airport, travelers bound for the United States Tuesday enjoyed something many others flying out of the Middle East can't – walking onto an airplane with their laptop.Both Dubai-based Emirates and Turkish Airlines in Istanbul will host American officials to show they have complied with measures to be exempted from the ban as well, said David Lapan, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security.Etihad operates 45 flights a week between the UAE's capital and six cities in the U.S.The Saudi national airline said Tuesday it expected the United States to lift a ban on laptops and tablets in the cabins of its U.S.-bound flights from the kingdom by July 19 .Since the laptop ban, Emirates had been offering some passengers laptops they can use in flight.
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