Etihad to offer free Wi-Fi and iPads on U.S. flights

Etihad Airways will offer free Wi-Fi and iPads to its first and business class passengers on all its US-bound flights from Abu Dhabi, starting this Sunday.

In a notice on its website, Etihad said that the carrier will provide free Wi-Fi vouchers upon passengers receiving their welcome drink, and iPads will be available throughout the duration of the flight.

Passengers travelling to the U.S. on Etihad flights have to clear US Immigration and Customs at the US Preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi Terminal 3 before they reach the gate – the only one of its kind in the Middle East.

The carrier said that electronic devices larger that mobile phones, including laptops, tablets, larger cameras and e-readers, will still have to be placed into checked-in baggage or into the aircraft’s cargo hold.

“All guests [need] to do this at the start of any US-bound journey. However, guests wishing to carry their larger electronic devices to Abu Dhabi airport will be guided to a re-packing point before screening at the airport’s US Immigration facility,” Etihad said.

Their devices will be packed into specially provided secure cases that will be stored in the aircraft’s cargo hold and can be collected on arrival in the US.

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