Even if the
Muslim electronics ban started out with credible security intelligence it has the effect of giving what American, Delta, and United wanted — protection from competition from Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar which are seen as offering a better, cheaper product by some. As I point out in the Christian Science Monitor,
Others said the ban would also benefit US airlines, as “it encourages connections rather than flying non-stop for anyone unwilling to check their laptop,” aviation blogger Gary Leff wrote on Tuesday.
Emirates was first out swallowing hard and putting on a brave face over the electronics ban.
Let us entertain you. pic.twitter.com/FKqayqUdQ7
— Emirates airline (@emirates) March 21, 2017
They’ve announced that they’re going to be deploying extra staff to make things go as smoothly as possible for customers, letting passengers keep electronic devices until boarding on US flights rather than having to surrender them pre-security. Emirates will deploy staff to collect electronics at the gate so that passengers can be productive (or entertained) longer.
I don’t suspect this will help enough. Emirates is already eliminating their second Los Angeles flight for May and June.
Personally I wish their poem began there once was a DHS Secretary from Nantucket..