Etihad Will Offer Free iPads and Wi-Fi on Flights Affected by Electronics Ban
Etihad Airways will offer loaner iPads and free Wi-Fi connectivity to first- and business-class flyers on flights effected by banned laptops and tablets on some direct flights to the U.S.
Etihad’s routes from its Abu Dhabi hub to the U.S. cities of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. are affected by the ban. Etihad isn’t included in the similar ban instituted by UK authorities.
An Etihad spokesperson said that the iPads and free Wi-Fi will be available to first- and business-class guests on April 2.
“To help guests keep in touch with work, friends and family, we are offering First & Business Class guests free WiFi and iPads on all our US-bound flights, beginning Sunday, April 2nd.
Etihad said in an email to Business Insider.
“Wi-Fi vouchers will be distributed by our cabin crew on board, providing free Wi-Fi for the duration of the flight. In addition, we’ll have iPads available for those that need them. Power and USB sockets at every seat will help keep devices charged.”
The announcement will apply to the passengers flying from Abu Dhabi to the handful of US destination served by the airline — including New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Economy class passengers will not be included in the program.
Etihad’s loaner iPad program is the latest attempt by one of the nine airlines affected by the US government’s laptop ban to offer passengers an alternative means of internet access.
Earlier this week, Turkish Airlines announced on Twitter that passengers who turn in their laptops and tablets at boarding will receive free WiFi on board.
Last week, Emirates implemented a laptop handling program that allows passengers getting on US-bound flights to have access to their laptop until boarding. The Dubai-based carrier has also hinted that it may offer loaner laptops.