DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United States has announced a ban on all electronics larger than a standard smartphone on board direct flights out of eight countries across the middle East.
Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest international airport, has begun implementing the ban which also covers all electronics sold at Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths told local radio earlier this week.
Governnment-owned Emirates operates 18 flights daily to the United States out of Dubai.
But Emirates has set in a place a viable option for passengers who have to use their computers during flight.
Since the U.S. ban only covers laptops and tablets, passengers can bring a desktop computer on board, but with additional cost.
In order to be able to bring a desktop into the cabin, passengers must purchase two full-priced seats, one for themselves and the other to allow for space to set up their desktop.
Up to four desktop pieces are allowed on board: a CPU, monitor, keyboard and mouse.
The new option is available in the main cabin. The option will not cost extra for First Class passengers.