In-flight lap­top ban

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - UPFRONT -

THE US AND UK have is­sued a ban on carry-on elec­tron­ics for flights from cer­tain Mid­dle Eastern, Euro­pean and North African des­ti­na­tions (though strangely – and sig­nif­i­cantly – the US ban in­cludes the air­ports of Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which the UK ban does not).

Dubbed the “lap­top ban”, the rul­ing ap­plies to lap­tops, tablets, cam­eras, DVD play­ers and elec­tronic games, though med­i­cal de­vices and mo­bile phones will be al­lowed on board.

The Gulf car­ri­ers have been hard­est hit by the se­cu­rity mea­sure, but have re­sponded pos­i­tively. Emi­rates was first off the mark, of­fer­ing a free lap­top and tablet han­dling ser­vice at the gate. Eti­had re­acted by of­fer­ing busi­ness class pas­sen­gers free wifi and iPads, while Qatar Air­ways an­nounced it would of­fer a lap­top loan ser­vice to busi­ness class pas­sen­gers.

How­ever, Emi­rates has since con­firmed plans to re­duce fre­quen­cies on five of its 12 US routes, for which it blames “re­cent ac­tions taken by the US govern­ment”. emi­rates.com; eti­had.com; qatarair­ways.com

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