ABU DHABI The United Arab Emirates, 1 of the world’s prime aviation hubs, has said it was astonished by the ban on laptops in plane cabins certain for the United States mainly because UAE safety was presently tight, but it pledged to cooperate with U.S. authorities.
Washington introduced the new evaluate on Tuesday, prohibiting digital products greater than intelligent phones in cabins on flights from 10 airports in nations which include the UAE, Qatar and Turkey.
That will strike Gulf carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways but not U.S. airlines, none of which fly to all those airports. The Gulf airlines have been battling a lobbying marketing campaign in Washington by U.S. carriers that accuse them of receiving unfair subsidies, expenses that the Gulf carriers deny.
In the UAE’s initial official response to the ban, Sultan bin Saeed al-Mansouri, Minister of Economy and chairman of the Basic Civil Aviation Authority, said it was surprising mainly because the UAE aviation sector and airports experienced verified themselves secure.
“The UAE is the range 1 rated region worldwide by the Worldwide Civil Aviation Organization relating to the UAE’s compliance with global safety and basic safety specifications,” he said in a statement late on Thursday.
Mansouri also noted variations amongst the U.S. ban and a comparable action by Britain. The British limits do not incorporate the UAE or Qatar, but will have an impact on other carriers which include Turkish Airways.
Even so, the UAE’s statement said its aviation authority and airlines would carry on cooperating with authorities in the United States and about the earth to ensure basic safety.
(Reporting by Stanley Carvalho Modifying by Andrew Torchia)