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Since March Middle East and North Africa airports and passengers have been subject to a laptop ban issued by the US and may now be extended to flights from Europe, according to Bloomberg. The unusual ban affects non-stop flights from 10 Middle Eastern airports and is set in place to protect passengers from terror attacks. (FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)
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The ban does not include smartphones, however laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras and portable DVD players are included.
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So far the US ban affected flights from Egypt, Turkey, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, Qatar and the UAE. Plus carriers Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways were also affected. The UK also ban such devices from countries: Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia.
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As a result this could lead to longer queues at check-in and a longer wait at baggage claim. Furthermore, business travellers will not be able to work in-flight and some companies will not want sensitive information out of their employees’ hands. (YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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In response to the ban some airlines are providing equipment to select customers – business-class flyers on Qatar Airways swap their personal devices to borrow a complimentary replacement. Etihad Airways will offer Apple iPads and advises US-bound passengers in transit in Abu Dhabi to put banned devices in their checked luggage. (Getty Images)
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Airlines will be notified 96 hours prior if the ban extended to flights from Europe.