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Free laptop would be given in Qatar Airways on US flights

On Thursday, Qatar airways said  it will offer free laptops to business class passengers flying to the United States, in an effort to get round an American ban on electronics.

it would begin offering a “laptop loan service” to those travelling in business class from “next week”, the Doha-based carrier said in a statement.

According to Qatar airways, computers would be collected from passengers from their departure gate just before boarding.

The airline´s boss, Akbar Al-Baker said By providing this laptop loan service we can ensure that our passengers on flights to the US can continue to work whilst on board.”

A similar laptop proposal is being considered by fellow Gulf carrier, Emirates, which is also affected by the US ban.

Meanwhile, Emirates and Etihad airways said it would offer free wi-fi and tablet computers to first and business class passengers on US-bound flights.

A similar ban was also imposed by Britain, but this exempted some of the Gulf airlines, including Qatar.

US officials said the measure was intended to thwart possible attacks on airliners with small explosive devices hidden in consumer electronics.