In a memo to the travel industry Emirates has clarified the what the laptop/electronics ban means for travelers on services to the USA. The Dubai based carrier has confirmed that the restrictions do no apply to travelers on non-stop flights from Dubai to the United Kingdom, including those operated by partner airline QANTAS. Unlike the USA, the United Kingdom’s restriction does not apply the United Arab Emirates.
Furthermore on Emirates operated flights bound for the USA that operate via Milan Malpensa and Athens airport the restriction does not apply and passengers can travel with laptops/electronic devices.
In a move which may be welcomed by those needing to use their laptops, Emirates has a procedure in place allowing passengers to use their laptops/tables right up until boarding on flights where the restrictions apply. In the memo Emirates states:
“Emirates customers travelling to the US via Dubai will be able to utilise their laptops and tablet devices on the first part of their journeys, and also during transit in Dubai. 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 carefully packed into boxes, loaded into the aircraft hold, and returned to the customer at their US destination. There will not be any charge for this service.
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.
From Saturday, 25 March, travellers on non-stop flights to the US from Dubai International airport (DXB) will not be allowed to carry any electronic device larger than a cell phone or smartphone, excluding medical devices, into the aircraft cabin. Travellers must pack these electronic devices in their checked-in baggage.
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, including those in transit. It does not apply to passengers travelling on Emirates’ US-bound flights via Milan and Athens, or Emirates flights to/from any other destination.
Emirates customers flying to the US can find out more about how the new TSA rules impact them at emirates.com/electronicsban.”