Free laptops for travelers on ban-affected airlines from Middle East

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50 daily flights affected

Many of the nine airlines affected by the new laptop ban – EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudi Arabia Airlines and Turkish Airlines – have come up with solutions for passengers who have been relieved of their computers.

Qatar Airways’ answer: Free laptops. Customers on affected flights receive a computer into which they can plug their personal data through a USB port, and then use it for the duration of the flight.

Etihad Airways is offering free Wi-Fi and iPads to customers in first and business class, while Emirates is offering free Wi-Fi for passengers to use on their smartphones. They also allow passengers to turn in their computers just before they board, rather than surrender them earlier in checked bags.

The ban on electronics involves about 50 daily flights from several Middle Eastern countries to the United States.

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