The laptop handling service for US flights from Emirates

Passengers on US-bound flights starting their journeys in Dubai are encouraged to pack their electronic devices into their check-in luggage in the first instance, to avoid delays.

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

They should therefore declare their devices before the search, or ensure their electronic devices are packed into their check-in luggage in the first instance.

Tim Clark, president, 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.

“Once on board they can still stay connected on their mobile phones.

“Our historical data shows that on Emirates’ US flights, 90 per cent of passengers using our on-board mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity services do so via their smart phones.

“Only six per cent connect via their laptops, and four per cent via their tablets.

“That is not to say that other passengers are not using their devices offline, but perhaps the silver lining to this is that they can now justifiably give themselves a break from their devices, enjoy our on-board service and catch up on the latest movies, music, and TV box sets that we have on offer.”

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