The recent ban on electronic devices larger than a smartphone in airline cabins has been making headlines since it was implemented late last month. The new security policy, which requires flyers to stow devices such as laptops, tablets, portable DVD players, cameras and e-readers in their checked luggage, is currently being enforced by the US and UK governments on all flights inbound from certain African and Middle-Eastern destinations.

While the ban is considered a necessary reaction to growing security concerns according to the US and UK governments, airline carriers are concerned about how it may disrupt business travellers in particular. Some airlines are in the process of implementing new measures to reduce the inconvenience. Emirates, for instance, are now offering a tablet loan service on affected US-bound Emirates flights for first and business class passengers. These tablets come equipped with Microsoft Office 2016 and support USB input to enable premium customers to continue working in the air.

Currently, the ban affects flights arriving in the UK from the following countries:

Turkey
Lebanon
Jordan
Egypt
Tunisia
Saudi Arabia

And flights arriving in the US from the following countries:

Jordan
Egypt
Turkey
Saudi Arabia
Kuwait
Qatar
Morocco
United Arab Emirates

While no direct inbound or outbound flights to Australia have been impacted, we advise international flyers to check with their travel expert to ensure any crossovers in these listed countries are not affected.