5 Responses

  1. Jonathan Khoo
    Jonathan Khoo at |

    interesting! they were still collecting stats afaict on sunday (guy made a note in a paper i had 1 tablet and 1 laptop)

  2. Sean M.
    Sean M. at |

    “Overprotected” is basically multiple layers of packaging. It is commonly used in the Middle East (and seemingly Turkey also) in lieu of the IATA standard term “overpack”.

  3. Jessica Coane
    Jessica Coane at |

    Bruce Coane since you curious about this 🙂

  4. Alastair Majury
    Alastair Majury at |

    Thanks for sharing the update from Turkish, good to see some actual data.
    Regards, Alastair Majury

  5. Dave Nullstein
    Dave Nullstein at |

    I flew back to the US from Istanbul while the ban was in effect.

    The way it worked was like this:
    At the gate and after a few additional security checks, there was an additional line for people with larger than cellphone devices. Staff would take and log your laptop, then wrap it in bubble wrap and place it in a large, hard container with other passengers’ devices. I assume the containers were then placed in the hold. They gave me a free WiFi pass for the flight to compensate.

    At your destination, another line was setup at baggage claim where you could reclaim your device. All in all, pretty painless.

    As a frequent coach passenger. I have to say that my Turkish Airlines flights were the best I’ve flown in recent years. In flight entertainment was free and better than anything I’ve seen before. Food was also decent and alcohol also free.

    Ban was only in effect on inbound US flights, not outbound.