Dealing With the No Device Ban On US-Bound Airlines


While Middle Eastern airlines grapple with carry-on bans for laptops on flights to the USA and Britain, one carrier is encouraging passengers to do the unthinkable: actually talk to each other.

Citing security reasons, the USA and United Kingdom have banned passengers from carrying electronic goods like laptops and cameras in hand baggage on direct flights from Muslim-dominated countries. The devices would then be packed in secure boxes and stored in the aircraft's cargo hold.

Customers should be aware that there will be a detailed search of all hand baggage on non-stop flights to the USA from Dubai.

The British ban is similar but applies to different airlines, including British Airways and EasyJet.

Clark said Emirates would fully comply with the directive, even as he questioned why his airport's hub was included.

Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates is the busiest airport in the world and handled 78 million passengers in 2015.

Mobile phones and medical devices, however, will be allowed in the cabin. It's disproportionately problematic for a carrier like Emirates, which counts on global business travelers for a significant portion of its revenue and to fill hundreds of seats in its fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbos.

"To suggest that Dubai doesn't have the equal capabilities or better than the Europeans, the Americans and the Asians in terms of search, interdiction and surveillance, I find unbelievable", he told broadcaster CNN.

"My insurer also told me to have them shrink-wrapped at the airport".

Britain also announced a ban on electronics in the cabin.

The measure requires passengers to put laptops, tablets, portable DVD players, and cameras in checked baggage when flying from airports in eight Muslim-majority nations.

"Let us entertain you", says the Emirates video with Jennifer Aniston, which was edited from a longer 2016 commercial.

And other airlines, including Royal Jordanian and Etihad Airways, are mounting a public relations effort aimed at easing the minds of frustrated travelers.

Add to that the fact that airlines and aviation authorities have been especially cautious of putting devices with lithium batteries in the cargo hold and the move of the USA starts to make less sense as a security measure. "This current restriction implies some specific intelligence of a laptop-based plot and a temporary ban to address it". President Trump has been threatening to deal with these airlines and protect the US's national carriers. And why only certain airports?

Mike Bennett used to travel regularly to the UAE and Saudi Arabia on business, and the new ban makes little sense to him.