Qatar Airways loans laptops on US-bound flights
Qatar Airways is set to loan laptops to US-bound passengers travelling from the Middle East
Qatar Airways will begin offering a laptop loan service for US-bound passengers in response to the recent electronics ban on direct flights to the US from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East, a report from Arabian Business said.
“We truly appreciate the importance of being able to work on board our aircraft and that is why I have insisted on offering only the best possible solution for our customers," said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al Baker.
He added: "By providing this laptop loan service we can ensure that our passengers on flights to the US can continue to work whilst on-board."
As of next week, Qatar Airways will be providing the complimentary laptops to business class passengers prior to boarding on all US-bound flights. Passengers will be able to download their working documents on to a USB before boarding whereupon they can continue working once onboard the aircraft.
Qatar Airways said it is also offering a secure packaging service at the gate for all passengers, whereby any electronic items affected by the ban will be collected and safely secured. These will be tagged, loaded as check-in baggage and returned safely to the passenger upon arrival in the US. In an additonal move, Qatar Airways is providing one hour of free Wi-Fi for all passengers and a special Wi-Fi package of US$5 on US routes.