This week, both the US and UK announced a ban on laptops and tablets aboard certain flights; devices larger than a smartphone will not be allowed in cabins and need to be placed into hold luggage and checked in before going through security. Some travellers will be forced to pay extra fees for a checked bag if they want to use the gadgets at their destination. The full announcement by the Department of Transport can be viewed here.
In response to this, Emirates will be offering a complimentary laptop-handling service to their passengers - devices can be used up until boarding and then will have to be handed over to security staff at the gate. The devices will be packed into boxes and loaded into the aircraft hold for customers to pick up on arrival. ABTA have warned that laptops and tablets are not typically covered by travel insurance policies for loss, damage or theft if placed in the hold. They offer their advice to affected passengers here.