Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jet Airways, Air India to gain from US ban on flight gadgets

New Delhi: Jet Airways and Air India will benefit from the ban imposed by the US government on large electronic devices from cabin luggage on passenger flights from eight Muslim-majority countries, as business travellers prefer to work on laptops and iPads while on long-duration flights, industry executives told ET.
The ban will apply to non-stop flights to the US and the UK from 10 international airports serving the cities of Cairo in Egypt; Amman in Jordan; Kuwait City in Kuwait; Casablanca in Morocco; Doha in Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul in Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Travel industry insiders say that business travellers prefer to work on board and taking away laptops would surely make them shift to Indian carriers.
“A large number of travellers flying on these routes are business travellers and they prefer to work on board for their meetings. Naturally, they would prefer an airline that allows them to carry their laptops in the flight as cabin baggage,” said Sharat Dhall, chief operating officer at, an online travel portal.
The three Middle Eastern carriers – Emirates, Etihad and Qatar – carry about 50% of the traffic going to the US out of India. Jet Airways did not comment on the issue. Air India, however, believes that such a move will surely benefit.
22/03/17 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times