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Emirates Airbus A380 

阿联酋航空公司A380经济舱  路透社

阿联酋航空公司正在启动一项服务,那就是允许乘客在飞往美国的航线登机前,使用他们自己的笔记本电脑和平板电脑,而不是像以往那样检查它们是否夹杂在行李当中。

这项服务是对美国政府在周六起开始实施的机舱内禁止使用大型电子设备的禁令做出的回应。这个主意是阿联酋航空公司允许乘客在登机前尽可能的长时间使用这些电子设备,而不是在起飞前检查他们是否携带了这些设备。

“我们的目的是在保证新规定实施的同时,最低程度减少乘客流以及对乘客出行体验的影响”,阿联酋主席Tim Clark在一份声明中说。“我们新的免费服务允许乘客,尤其是那些因公务出行的旅客,在登机前最后一刻有尽可能大的自由度使用他们的电子设备。”

第 1 段(可获 1.8 积分)

On Tuesday, the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Transportation Security Administration issued a ban on all electronics larger than a cellphone from the cabins of nonstop flights to the US from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa. It's disproportionately problematic for a carrier like Emirates, which counts on international business travelers for a significant portion of its revenue and to fill hundreds of seats in its fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbos.

Industry analysts have said the ban's execution has been haphazard, while safety experts have questioned its intended ability to prevent a terrorist attack.

第 2 段(可获 1.28 积分)

Emirates' service offers a partial fix. It also means passengers flying through Dubai on their way to the US from India, for example, could use a laptop during the first flight and while they're at the airport instead of having to check it at the start of the trip. It could also be a solution for business travelers whose employers don't allow them to check laptops for fear they could be lost or stolen with company information on them.

Passengers will be required to declare their large electronic devices to security agents before boarding US-bound flights. The devices would then be packed in secure boxes and stored in the aircraft's cargo hold. The boxes would be returned to the travelers once they reached the US.

第 3 段(可获 1.6 积分)

Emirates Airbus A380 An Emirates Airbus A380. AP

According to Emirates, passengers' carry-on bags will be thoroughly searched by security personnel before they board nonstop flights to the US.

On board the flight, passengers will be able to access the internet on their phones through the airline's free Wi-Fi service. According to Clark, 90% of the airline's passengers surf the web on their smartphones, while only 6% use their laptops.

Emirates has also been touting its in-flight entertainment system and its 2,500 channels of movies, TV shows, live sports, and music.

第 4 段(可获 1.14 积分)

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