Four week’s ago saw an electronics ban in place on a swath of flights from the Middle East to the U.S. and UK, airlines are trying their best to adapt to the inconvenience.
Late this week, Emirates became the third Middle East carrier to announce that it would loan temporary hardware to passengers flying on routes affected by the electronics ban. According to Emirates they will look after passengers in business and first class cabins and loan them Microsoft Surface tablets with the Office suite installed. Travellers with urgent work can download data to a USB drive prior to boarding the aircraft and then continue working on the USB-equipped Surface tablet during the flight, an awkward if passable solution to staying productive.
Emirates are also accommodating passengers with allowing them to carry their Laptops the whole way to the boarding area and then helping them pack the hardware away.
Emirates’ new loaner program follows similar initiatives by Qatar Airways and Etihad, two other prominent Middle East carriers, although they are supplying entire premium Laptops to their Business class passengers.
These programs are in currently full effect and only apply to premium cabins on the carriers, leaving the economy passengers without options for inflight electronics.