Qatar Airways has announced it will loan laptops to business class passengers flying to the United States starting next week, following the country’s recent ban on electronics for inbound flights from select states in the Middle East.
Those wanting to borrow a computer will be able to pick one up from the departure gate just before boarding, where they’ll also be able to pay $5 for Wi-Fi for the entire flight.
In addition, the airline will allow customers to stow prohibited electronic items with staff at the gate. Once collected, they’ll be tagged and packaged safely on board the aircraft, before being returned to their respective owners on arrival.
“By providing this laptop loan service we can ensure that our passengers on flights to the United States can continue to work whilst on board,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al-Baker.
The United Kingdom next?
Seeing as the United Kingdom recently followed suit and introduced its own ban (albeit, for a different set of countries), it probably won’t be long until the carrier is offering a laptop loan program for passengers traveling there, too.