|Etihad business class - what electronics ban? |
The Wi-Fi and tablet is on us!
Clearly the airline considers that premium fare paying passengers would not use the airline owned electronics to remotely trigger explosive devices possibly covertly hidden in hold luggage? Evidence that the Etihad marketing ploy has not been properly thought through is that when Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways made the announcement on Wednesday, that Premium fare paying passengers will be welcome to use the free service as of Monday. Economy-class passengers are not included in the promotion and will still be deprived of their computers, e-readers and tablets.
The marketing blurb continues; "In addition to free Wi-Fi, we'll have iPads available on all U.S.-bound flights for those that need them. Power and USB sockets at every seat will keep devices charged throughout the journey."
The promotion is possibly a not very well thought out knee-jerk reaction to news last week that new U.S and UK rules would ban the use of electronic devices larger than a cellphone in pressurised cabins on a selection flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa.
Latterly some commentators boldly suggested the move was viewed as a backhanded way of targeting airlines such as Etihad and Emirates, which have taken substantial business away from certain flag carriers in the last decade.....
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