As it stands there is a ban on larger electronic devices on airlines coming to the US and UK from several Middle Eastern countries. No doubt that this is a hassle for passengers who were hoping to keep themselves entertained during the flight or hoping to get some work done, but now two Middle Eastern airlines have offered their customers a workaround.
In a report from The Verge, both Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways have announced that they will be offering up laptops and iPads to its customers who might have need for them. Given that plans typically seat more than a hundred passengers, clearly these laptops and iPads aren’t for everyone, and are instead only offered up to first class and/or business class passengers.
For Qatar Airways, they will offer free WiFi for all passengers for the first hour, after which there will be a $5 fee for the rest of the flight. These airlines aren’t the first to offer a solution as previously Emirates also announced that they will allow passengers to use their devices right until boarding time, after which the electronics will be collected and kept in the cargo hold.
It is unclear how long this ban will last, but recently it was revealed that there was a plot to use a fake iPad with bombs hidden inside and detonate that on flights, which is why electronics larger than smartphones have been banned for now.