Aviation

Emirates make light of electronics ban

Amy Bryant

Who needs tablets and laptops anyway?

Following the news that large electronics will be banned in carry-on luggage, Emirates is showing travellers that they in fact don’t need these devices anyway.

Emirates released a video commercial on their social media page showcasing the available in-flight entertainment. It features hollywood actress and Emirates spokeswoman Jennifer Aniston sitting in (surprisingly) Economy, who shows two children how to use the in-flight movie and games options.

Aniston is pictured saying “this thing has so many games and so many movies. It’s crazy” to the  two children sitting on either side of her.

The commercial concludes with the statement that “over 2500 Channels of the latest movies and box sets, live sports and kids TV” are featured on the in-flight entertainment.

In light of the ban, Emirates have introduced a service that allows passengers to use large electronics right up until they board their flight to the US, at no extra cost.

In a statement to Fox News, Emirates confirmed that “electronic devices larger than a cell phone/smart phone, excluding medical devices, cannot be carried in the cabin of the aircraft”. 

The ban on large electronics applies to those flying to the US from Istanbul, Turkey; Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates; Doha, Qatar; Amman, Jordan; Cairo, Egypt; Casablanca, Morocco; Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia; Kuwait City, Kuwait; and those flying non-stop to the U.S. on one of these nine airlines: EgyptAir; Emirates; Etihad Airways; Kuwait Airways; Qatar Airways; Royal Air Maroc; Royal Jordanian; Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines); Turkish Airlines.

The ban has increased the concern of whether travel insurance will cover claims of broken or stolen electronics that have been checked in to luggage. Generally insurance does not provide cover, but following the ban, providers are working to revise their policies.

 


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