Laptop and gadget ban on flights from the Middle East to Britain and America begins amid fears of ISIS plot to down a plane

Saturday, March 25, 2017
By Paul Martin

Carry-on ban on flights from Middle East to the US and Britain came into effect
People checked in laptops on dozens of flights from Dubai to Doha on Saturday
At Dubai International, Emirates dispatched staff to guide confused passengers

25 March 2017

A controversial ban on carry-on laptops and tablets on flights from the Middle East to the United States and Britain has gone into into effect.

Passengers were told to stash their electronics on direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

They described the ban as a ‘hassle’ and claimed boarding was a ‘massive, slow process’ as airport employees were checking all carry-on luggage.

Laptops, iPads, Kindles and game consoles have been outlawed from hand luggage on services into Britain from those six countries amid fears terrorists have perfected a new type of airline bomb.

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