Gulf car­ri­ers re­spond to lap­top ban

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MID­DLE EAST­ERN CAR­RI­ERS have in­tro­duced ser­vices for US-bound cus­tomers af­fected by the US gov­ern­ment’s re­cent ban on tak­ing lap­tops on board.

The re­stric­tions af­fect pas­sen­gers head­ing to the US from ten air­ports in Europe, Africa and the Mid­dle East, in­clud­ing Dubai In­ter­na­tional, Abu Dhabi and Doha’s Ha­mad In­ter­na­tional. De­vices larger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm need to be checked in, un­til Oc­to­ber 14.

Emi­rates and Qatar Air­ways have both in­tro­duced a lap­top han­dling ser­vice al­low­ing US-bound pas­sen­gers to use their de­vices on the first part of their jour­ney be­fore hand­ing them over at the gate to be placed in the hold.

Emi­rates busi­ness and first class guests can bor­row a Mi­crosoft Sur­face tablet on board. Qatar Air­ways is loan­ing lap­tops to those in busi­ness class, and pro­vid­ing wifi free for one hour or US$5 for the flight. Eti­had is of­fer­ing pre­mium pas­sen­gers free iPads and wifi.

Emi­rates is re­duc­ing flight fre­quen­cies on five of its 12 US routes, cit­ing the “direct im­pact” of the US gov­ern­ment’s “re­cent ac­tions” on pas­sen­ger de­mand.

The UK has also since im­ple­mented an onboard lap­top ban, af­fect­ing pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling from Egypt, Jor­dan, Le­banon, Saudi Ara­bia, Tu­nisia and Turkey. Flights orig­i­nat­ing from Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai are not af­fected. emi­, eti­, qatarair­

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