Washington announced the new measure on Tuesday, prohibiting electronic devices larger than smart phones in cabins on flights from 10 airports in countries including the UAE, Qatar and Turkey.
That will hit Gulf carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways but not US airlines, none of which fly to those airports.
The Gulf airlines have been battling a lobbying campaign in Washington by US carriers that accuse them of receiving unfair subsidies, charges that the Gulf carriers deny.
The UAE surprised to be included in laptop ban list as it claims security is already tight
In the UAE's first official response to the ban, Sultan bin Saeed al-Mansouri, Minister of Economy and chairman of the General Civil Aviation Authority, said it was surprising because the UAE aviation sector and airports had proven themselves safe.
"The UAE is the number one ranked country worldwide by the International Civil Aviation Organisation regarding the UAE's compliance with international security and safety standards," he said in a statement late last night.
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Britain and America have implemented an electronic device ban on certain flights bound for the US, and Britain. British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson are all affected by the ban. Here are the devises currently banned.
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Mansouri also noted differences between the U.S. ban and a similar step by Britain.
The British restrictions do not include the UAE or Qatar, but will affect other carriers including Turkish Airlines.
However, the UAE's statement said its aviation authority and airlines would continue cooperating with authorities in the United States and around the world to ensure safety.
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