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Emirates flouts US ban

Sun Online Desk     24th March, 2017 03:33:25 printer

Emirates flouts US ban

Emirates, Dubai-based international airliner, has flouted the US government's ban on large electronic devices in cabins that goes into effect on Saturday, through introduction of a new technique.


The technique enables customers to use their laptops and tablet devices until just before they board their flights to the US.


The idea is that Emirates can let travellers use the devices for as long as possible instead of making them check the devices before a flight which is gross violation of US bars on electronics device in cabins.


Industry analysts said that the new system will carry more hazards for the aviation industry.


On the other hand, safety experts have questioned the intention of Emirates and said that the US government will impose more restriction to prevent such kind of breach of their ban.


Emirates President Tim Clark said in a statement said that their aim is to ensure compliance with the new rules, while minimising disruption to passenger flow and impact on customer experience.


But many industry analysists said militants may use this breach of ban to carry out the terrorist activities.


In a new move, the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday, issued a ban on all electronics larger than a cellphone from the cabins of nonstop flights to the US from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa.


 It is disproportionately problematic for many carrier like Emirates but no other airline has introduced such a controversial system.


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.


In the new system, the passengers will be required to declare their large electronic devices to security agents before boarding US-bound flights. The devices would then be packed in secure boxes and stored in the aircraft's cargo hold.


The boxes would be returned to the travellers once they reached the US.