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Emirates has come up with an innovative solution to make it easier for travelers to cope with the US Electronics travel ban. While other airlines have only instructed passengers to pack their electronics, and some airlines have even stayed ttight-lippedabout the ban, Emirates has grabbed the bull by the horns, and come up with a service to help passengers transiting through Dubai (DXB) en route to the US. The objective of the service from Emirates is to let travelers use their devices up until the last possible moment before they board their flight to the US.
Emirates will now gate check passengers’ electronics just before they board their flights to the US. Passengers will be able to hand over their laptops and tablets to security staff at the gate, which will then be packed in boxes and loaded into the aircraft’s cargo hold. The devices will be returned to passengers when they land in the US and leave the aircraft. The new service is mainly directed towards passengers connecting in Dubai for onward travel to the US. This will let passengers use their device for the first leg of their journey as well as during their Dubai layover. It is noteworthy that in Emirates’ statement, the airline encouraged travelers whose journey begins at Dubai to actually pack their laptops and tablets in their checked bags.
In terms of implementing the ban, Emirates has announced that along with the “gate checking” options for transit passengers, there will be extensive searches of hand luggage on all flights from Dubai to the US, and the company will be deploying extra staff to speed up the process. Luckily for those flying Emirates’ 5th freedom routes from Milan and Athens to the US they will not be affected by the electronics ban, and they can still continue to enjoy the use of their devices onboard.
This is a great move by Emirates and should help alleviate the considerable hassle that is being caused by the electronics travel ban. Hopefully, in the long run, other airlines affected by the ban will also take similar steps to make the life of travelers easier for a change.
Source: The Points Guy
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