Plenty of frequent flyers in the UAE - particularly those who use long flights to catch up on work - have expressed concern about how they will keep themselves occupied on flights to the United States, now that large electronics have been banned from carry-on luggage. To compensate travellers for the hassle of spending hours on a flight without their trusty laptops, Emirates has begun offering complimentary Microsoft Surfaces for the durations of affected flights, Engadget said.
The loaning service will be available for all flights travelling non-stop from Dubai to the US.
The Dubai-based airline says customers can bring a USB stick with them on board and plug into the loaner tablets.
Emirates, one of nine airlines affected by the ban, is getting around it by lending passengers on non-stop flights heading to the USA, a Microsoft Surface tablet.
Another impressive decision taken by the airline is that First or Business class passengers will be handed tablets during the flights.
For customers who prefer to stow their personal devices and not work during the flight, Emirates had introduced a laptop and tablet handling service for US-bound customers.
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This service allows customers to retain and utilise their personal devices until just before they board their US-bound flights.
Here's a video outlining how Emirates' laptop handling program works.
Following Trump's administration electronic ban, passengers (especially parents that are accompanied by their children) have been extremely annoyed with the whole ordeal.
Since the ban was implemented on March 25, almost 8,000 passengers have used the packing service on the airline's 112 weekly non-stop flights from Dubai to the USA.
The TSA directive does not apply to Emirates' US-bound flights via Milan (EK205) and Athens (EK209). More than 8,000 passengers have used the device check-in program, Emirates said in a press release.