Emirates turns to Surface tablets for premium passengers in response to electronics ban

In response to a ban on passengers carrying personal electronics bigger than 6-inches on U.S.-bound flights from select countries, Emirates has announced it will offer to loan its First and Business class customers Surface tablets on select flights. The goal, Emirates says, is to help passengers stay on top of any work they may need to do while still respecting the ban on personal electronic devices.

The Surface tablets on offer will come preloaded with Microsoft's Office 2016 suite, and Emirates encourages passengers to bring their own USB sticks on board to continue any work they may have to do.

The service is entirely complimentary, and it will be available on non-stop flights to the U.S. departing from Dubai. Unfortunately, if you're not in Business of First classes, then you're simply out of luck. Emirates does note that it has implemented a system for passengers to hold on to their personal laptops and tablets up until they board. Otherwise, you'll have to make do with the in-flight entertainment system.

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