2017 03: March

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Airlines: Now you can; now you can’t:

Well, after years of passenger complaints, The 'authorities finally relented last year and conceded that there was actually no reason why you couldn't use your phones, iPods, tablets and laptops inside a plane. The ban even extended to using modern 'electronic' cameras on occasions!

So now, airlines are starting to let us go ahead and use our devices for a bit of entertainment ... and now US and UK are starting to ban them again ... apparently, you, or rather some unsavoury terrorists, are able to hide explosives inside tablets and do damage to the planes ...

The UK ban on tablets, laptops, games consoles and other devices larger than a mobile phone came into effect on Saturday. It applies to inbound flights from six countries – Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey. Six UK airlines – British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson – and eight foreign carriers are affected. This follows a similar move in the US, which applies to flights from 10 airports in eight countries – Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

I would have thought that if the plane arrived safely, then there wasn't a problem, ... but what would I know?

Now, you need to pack your tablets in your luggage; and have it carried in the plane's hold ... and, presumably, it is OK for it to explode there. Hmmm.

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