Emirates has found a way to minimise turbulence caused by the US laptop cabin ban

Rebecca Smith
The airline will let passengers keep devices until boarding
The airline will let passengers keep devices until boarding (Source: Getty)

Emirates has laid out how it intends to bring in the laptop ban in a way that minimises disruption for passengers as much as possible.

It will give passengers the chance to hand in their devices as they board, instead of checking them in with their luggage.

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The change applies on flights from Dubai to the United States, and will mean passengers can use their laptop at the airport, during layovers and on other legs of a trip.

They must then declare and hand over their laptops, tablets, and other banned electronic devices to security staff at the gate just before boarding their US-bound flight. The devices will be packed away and returned to the customer at their US destination.

It is a response to the US government's ban on large electronic devices in the cabin on non-stop flights to the US from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa. The UK government followed suit with a similar ban earlier this week.

Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates airline said: “Our aim is to ensure compliance with the new rules, while minimising disruption to passenger flow and impact on customer experience.

Our new complimentary service enables passengers, particularly those flying for business, to have the flexibility to use their devices until the last possible moment.

The airline said it was working to ensure its operations comply with the latest restrictions on electronic devices in the cabin for when the rules come into force on 25 March. It said it will deploy extra staff in the airport "to ease and assist passengers", especially in the first few days of implementation.

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This new security directive, issued by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), applies to all passengers travelling on non-stop flights to the US from Dubai.

It does not apply to passengers travelling on Emirates’ US-bound flights via Milan and Athens, or Emirates flights to or from any other destination.

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