How Emirates is handling the laptop ban
Government-owned Emirates operates 18 flights daily to the United States out of Dubai. In an attempt to appease its customers, the airline announced it would be offering complimentary electronics handling facility at gates to enable passengers to use their electronic devices after check-in and until boarding.
Passengers will need to declare 'banned' electronics before boarding US-bound flights. At the gate, these devices will be packed into secure boxes and stored in the aircraft's cargo hold, and returned to the travellers upon landing in the US.
Adding to the complication on Saturday, a number of flights out of Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports were delayed due to thunderstorms, including an Emirates flight to Houston.
Countries and airlines impacted by laptop ban
The US ban affects nine airlines from eight countries: Turkey, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Britain has also announced a parallel ban, effective Saturday, targeting all flights out of Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Lebanon.