US & UK flight ban on Laptops and tablets
From 25 March, passengers on all US & UK bound flights from, or transiting through selected airports are not be permitted to carry electronic devices bigger than a smart phone or mobile into the aircraft cabin.
Items such as laptop computers; tablets including iPads; gaming devices; cameras; and e-readers must be placed in checked-in luggage. Medical devices are exempt and can be carried onboard.
Emirates and Etihad are already taking steps to ease any inconvenience for passengers. Emirates are offering a handling service for larger devices; this enables passengers to used laptops and tablets until just before boarding. They then declare and hand over all banned electronic devices to security staff at the gate to be carefully packed into boxes and loaded into the aircraft hold, then returned at their US destination.
Etihad supplies USB ports, power and Wifi through out the terminal and on the plane to allow connectivity via smart phones. They offer a great inflight entertainment service and offer a Kids pack with games and toys and a Flying Nanny on board to help parents.
The policy will come into effect on Friday 24 March 2017 and will impact flights travelling to the United States and the United Kingdom from the following list of countries.
The US policy has banned large electronic devices on flights from the following countries:
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
The UK’s policy, is slight less restrictive and applies to flights from the following countries:
- Saudi Arabia
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