UAE says it's surprised by laptop ban but will cooperate

A passenger buys a ticket at a Emirates Airline counter beside a dangerous goods warning sign in Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California on March 21, 2017.
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ABU DHABI - The United Arab Emirates, one of the world's top aviation hubs, has said it was surprised by the ban on laptops in plane cabins bound for the United States because UAE security was already tight, but it pledged to cooperate with US authorities.

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.

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.

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  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Hundreds of people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order during a protest at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Hundreds of people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order during a protest at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Hundreds of people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order during a protest at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
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  • A police officer stands on the baggage carousel as people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order, during a protest at the Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Dozens of pro-immigration demonstrators cheer and hold signs as international passengers arrive at Dulles International Airport, to protest President Donald Trump's executive order barring visitors, refugees and immigrants from certain countries to the United States, in Chantilly, Virginia, in suburban Washington, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Hundreds of people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order, during a protest at the baggage claim area at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • People participate in a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People participate in a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban, in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • A woman with an American flag themed hijab listens to speakers during a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban, in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People participate in a protest against President Donald Trump's immigration ban in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • Hundreds of people rally against a travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order, during a protest at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
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  • A young girl dances with an American flag in baggage claim while women pray behind her during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People gather at Terminal 4 during a protest against Donald Trump's travel ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • A young demonstrator holds a sign during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators hold signs during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators march and block traffic during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
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  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • A Muslim women holds a sign during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
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  • Volunteer immigration attorneys helping stranded travelers during protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators hold signs during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • People gather to pray in baggage claim during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People choose signs to hold during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People gather to pray in baggage claim during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • A small child bows down as adults gather to pray in baggage claim during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People gather to pray in baggage claim during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People gather to pray in baggage claim during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Photographers make pictures of activists as they gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • An activist holds a sign outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.

"The UAE is the number one ranked country worldwide by the International Civil Aviation Organization regarding the UAE's compliance with international security and safety standards," he said in a statement late on Thursday.

Mansouri also noted differences between the US 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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