March 29: Calcuttans flying to the US by Etihad Airways can carry laptops, tablets and other devices till the boarding gate in Abu Dhabi.
The airline has also announced that passengers in the first and business class will get iPads and enjoy Wi-fi connectivity on board the flight from Abu Dhabi. The services will be provided from April 2, the Gulf carrier has told tour operators.
The Donald Trump administration has banned carrying electronic devices such as laptops, tablets and e-book readers bigger than smart phones in cabin baggage on US-bound flights from several countries, including the UAE and Qatar.
Etihad sources said economy, business and first-class passengers were allowed to use electronic devices such as laptops and tablets till the boarding gate in Abu Dhabi, where they will have to be handed over to the airline staff for being carried as part of the registered luggage.
The passengers can retrieve their devices on reaching their destination in the US.
Earlier, the Emirates airline had announced that its passengers would be allowed to use laptops and other devices till they board their flights to the US.
Emirates customers travelling to the US via Dubai can carry the devices in their hand luggage on the first leg of the journey and also during transit in Dubai. After that the devices will have to be carried as part of registered luggage.
Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways together account for 600 seats daily out of Calcutta.
Between 25 and 30 per cent passengers are for the US and a similar number fly to Europe.
As for Wi-fi connectivity and iPads for first and business class passengers, a communication from Etihad to travel agents says: "To help your customers keep in touch with work, friends and family, we are offering first and business class guests free Wi-fi and iPads on all our US-bound flights from Abu Dhabi."
"Wi-fi vouchers will be provided by our cabin crew with the onboard welcome drink, 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."