Tighter security measures placed by Etihad Airways resulted in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security lifting the ban on the laptop in cabins on the United Arab Emirates air carrier. The Department lifted the ban on Sunday after Etihad met requirements of the United States government.

With the lifting of the ban on Etihad, only nine airports in seven Middles Eastern and African countries are still covered by the device ban. These are Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Morocco, Kuwait, and Turkey, Reuters reported.

Only direct flights from Abu Dhabi

Since Etihad is the only airline that operates direct flights to the U.S.

from Abu Dhabi, it means all air passengers originating from UAE who fly the air carrier can now bring into the cabin laptops and tablets bigger than mobile phones. Etihad flies 45 times a week between U.S. airports and Abu Dhabi.

The laptop ban and travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries, imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump, have resulted in Emirates, a Middle Eastern carrier based in Dubai and a competitor of Etihad, reducing its flights on five U.S. routes. Etihad was taken off the list after Transport Security Agency officials had verified the air carrier implemented stricter security rules correctly.

The U.S. banned laptops and tablets as hand-carried items on air carriers originating from 10 airports in eight countries in March. The ban was because of intelligence reports that bombs could be hidden inside electronic devices, disguised as batteries.

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After the Department of Homeland Security had placed the ban, the U.K. placed a similar prohibition. In May, the U.S. considered expanding the ban to flights from Europe to the U.S.

Additional security measures by Etihad

CBS noted that Etihad did not elaborate or provide details on the additional security measures the air carrier put in place to secure exemption from the laptop ban. Etihad told its passengers in an email there would be additional security checks in place in exchange for allowing them the privilege to carry on board their laptops and tablets.

It said in the email: “If you are planning to travel to the U.S. in the near future, we wanted to let you know that you can now take all your electronic devices on board our U.S. flights from Abu Dhabi.” The Abu Dhabi Airport has a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility where U.S.-bound passengers can undergo screening before boarding the plane.