Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ban on cabin gadgets to impact Hyderabad fliers too, many say work will suffer

Hyderabad: The city might not have any direct connectivity with the US, yet several passengers flying to the other end of the globe might now have to 'check-in' their electronic gadgets at the time of boarding their flight from here, much like those headed to the UK.

The reason being the US and UK governments' recent move to ban devices such as tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras from being carried as cabin baggage.The rule, implemented for `security' reasons, applies to passengers booked on nine carriers -Emirates, Etihad, Kuwait Airways, Qatar and Saudi Airways being among them - and flying out of certain countries including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Morocco and Qatar.
"On the face of it, the move appears to be ridiculous. Travelling to these far away nations includes a lot of transit time that, professionals like me, spend getting work done. But if we aren't allowed to carry our laptops or i-pads then what are we going to do?" asked Anoop Shastry, a senior-level executive with a city advertising firm.
There is heavy traffic to the Gulf countries from Hyderabad, which has multiple services to destinations such as Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.From there people continue their onward journey either to Europe or the US. The most sought-after airlines are Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.
23/03/17 Times of India