Passengers aboard an Emirates or Turkish Airlines flight to the United States from Dubai or Istanbul will no longer be at the mercy of in-flight movie selections (though Emirates has some pretty solid ones. So does Turkish Airlines, really). Laptops and other devices such as Kindles and iPads are once again allowed onboard after the airlines incorporated a new set of pre-flight security measures, Emirates and Turkish Airlines announced on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here's how to get your laptop to your destination Turkish Airlines even made a little promotional video for the occasion. Please fasten your seatbelts and enjoy your own electronic devices.
Emirates Airlines, one of several foreign carriers affected by a new restriction on electronics on flights to the United States, is responding to the directive with the help of "Friends" actress Jennifer Aniston. Laptops, digital tablets, DVD players and other large electronic devices must be checked into luggage that is stored in the cargo hold. In an ad released this week, Emirates responded to the new restriction by showing Aniston playing games and watching movies on the airline's seatback entertainment system. "Who needs tablets and laptops anyway?" asks the message at the beginning of the ad. Later in the ad, after Aniston is shown using the backseat entertainment system on an Emirates flight, a message reads: "Over 2,500 channels of the latest movies, box sets, live sports and kids TV."
Qatar Airways has joined two other major long-haul carriers in the Gulf in getting off a US laptop ban list. The airline on Thursday said that with "immediate effect, all personal electronic devices can be carried on board all departures from Hamad International Airport to destinations in the United States". Hamad International Airport in Doha is the hub of Qatar Airways. Important update on carrying personal electronic items on flights to the U.S.A. Please visit https://t.co/tOPhlj6TiQ Qatar's national carrier said it met all requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security's new security guidelines.
Emirates Group, the parent of Dubai-based Emirates Airlines, is reportedly planning to cut 30,000 jobs as the coronavirus pandemic has virtually halted the carrier's operation. Bloomberg reported that the proposed job cull represents about 30% of the company's workforce and would amount to the largest layoff among major global airlines since the pandemic erupted. "No announcement has been made regarding mass redundancies at the airline. Any such decision will be communicated in an appropriate fashion. Like any responsible business would do, our executive team has directed all departments to conduct a thorough review of costs and resourcing against business projections, even as we prepare for gradual service resumption," Emirates said in a statement.
The airline announced it is now exempt from the laptop ban imposed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in March. The airline announced it is now exempt from the laptop ban imposed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in March. Two airlines in the Middle East say they have been exempted from a two-month-old ban on carrying large electronic devices aboard direct flights to the United States. Emirates, the Middle East's largest long-haul airline, said in a statement Wednesday that the ban was lifted, "effective immediately," on Emirates' flights from Dubai International Airport to the U.S. Also on Wednesday, Turkish Airlines announced the ban was no longer in place for its travelers departing the Istanbul Ataturk Airport for American destinations. U.S.-bound flights out on Etihad Airlines of Abu Dhabi International Airport were cleared Sunday.