Emirates mulls loaning in-flight laptops to passengers amid US electronics ban

Published March 28th, 2017 - 03:37 GMT
Emirates airline mulls the possibility of providing government-approved laptops as a way to cushion the blow from the US electronics ban. (File photo)
Emirates airline mulls the possibility of providing government-approved laptops as a way to cushion the blow from the US electronics ban. (File photo)

Dubai-based Emirates airline may offer passengers to the US laptop loans as it seeks to soften the blow from a US ban on electronics in airplane cabins, according to Bloomberg.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Emirates president Tim Clark said that the airline may explore ingenious ways to work around the ban if it remains in place over the long term. Clark said that solutions could include "government-approved laptops" that can be used in-flight in the absence of devices banned by the US.

Under a rule that came into effect earlier this month, the US prohibits travelers from 10 Middle Eastern airports, including Dubai, from bringing large electronics into the aircraft cabin. The UK partially followed, but didn’t target Persian Gulf hubs. The ban deals an additional blow to the likes of Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways.

After the electronics ban was announced, Emirates released an ad on their YouTube channel reacting to the ban. 

The electronics ban comes as a second hit to the airline, the first one being Trump's visa ban that has led so far to a 35 percent drop in bookings to the US for the UAE-based carrier.

 


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