THY CEO believes UK, US will lift electronics ban

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ISTANBUL
Published 07.04.2017 21:17

Evaluating the ban on carrying electronic devices larger than cellphones onto planes that was imposed by the U.S. and the U.K., Turkish Airlines (THY) CEO Bilal Ekşi has said the company was quite upset by this decision.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Ekşi stated that they expect this electronics ban decision to be lifted in a short time. Ekşi underlined that it has no technical basis and does not contribute to airlines and airline safety. "We believe that this decision was taken as a result of some incorrect evaluations. The Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ministry has been conducting some serious projects," Ekşi said, hoping that in the near future this meaningless law will be lifted first in the U.K. and later in the U.S. and that people will be able to move and travel freely.

Previously, Ekşi announced that THY, which reaches a turnover of nearly $1 billion a year with its flights to the U.S., will offer free WiFi for passengers on U.S.-bound flights effective March 31, if they hand in their laptops and tablets.

The CEO made the announcement on his Twitter account both in Turkish and English with the hashtag #freetravel

Since passengers were banned from carrying laptops, E-books and tablets on flights from 10 airports in eight cities worldwide, including on U.S. bound flights from Istanbul and inbound and outbound flights in six countries, including Turkey, the airline has become one of several to upgrade their in-flight entertainment systems.

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