Emirates is using a new perk to defy the US laptop ban
This is the latest response by the Dubai-based airline to the US Department of Homeland Security's ban on all electronics larger than a cell phone."Customers can download their work on to a USB which can be brought on board and plugged into the devices to continue working seamlessly," Emirates said in a statement.
Unfortunately for economy class passengers, the loaner tablets will only be available for those traveling in first and business classThus far, operations at Emirates, one of the nine major carriers affected by the ban, has gone relatively well apart from some slow arriving bags at US airports, airline president Sir Tim Clark told Business Insider. However, that doesn't mean the airline's passengers haven't been inconvenienced by the ban which was implemented late last month based on intelligence indicating terrorists may target commercial aircraft using explosives hidden in electronic devices.
In addition, Turkish Airlines announced on Twitter this week that passengers who turn in their laptops and tablets at boarding would receive free WiFi on board the flight.Saudia also tweeted that all passengers going to or returning from the US and UK will get 20 MB of free WiFi access.
Here's a video outlining how Emirates' laptop handling program works.
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