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Remember that ban on tablets and computers on certain African / Middle Eastern countries?

Yup. It's expanding... UK is next. On the bright side, maybe people will read more books....?


Laptops & tablets may be banned from cabin baggage on US-bound flights from UK & other European countries

A U.S. ban on carrying laptops and tablets in the cabin of inbound international flights may be extended to European countries, including the UK. Any electronic device larger than a phone would have to be placed in hold baggage.

The U.S. government currently applies the ban to flights from 10 airports, mostly Middle Eastern and North African. The measure was introduced last month, the Department of Homeland Security stating that it was in response to intelligence suggesting that terrorists planned to smuggle explosives inside consumer electronics items …

The Guardian reports that the Trump administration is ‘considering’ extending the ban to flights from Europe.

British officials understand that their US counterparts are looking at extending the ban – which prevents any devices larger than a smartphone being taken as carry-on luggage – to flights from Europe. One Whitehall source suggested to the Guardian that although it was not certain that the ban would be extended to the UK, the US was considering doing so.
The DHS neither confirmed nor denied the report.

Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman for the US Department of Homeland Security, said: “We’ve said we will continue to evaluate the threat environment and make determinations based on that assessment, but we have not made any decisions on expanding the current restrictions against large electronic devices in aircraft cabins from selected airports.”
Such a move would likely hit both business travel and tourism. For business travellers, being able to work during flights enables them to remain productive while travelling, while many tourists may prefer to choose a different destination to avoid entrusting valuable equipment to the vagaries of hold baggage.
 

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On the plus side Team Sexual Assault has molested countless women and children, with zero repercussions and zero terrorists captured.

If the intent is to turn people into sheep, the program is a resounding success. If they can wean passengers from their electronic devices with no resistance, then there will be no stopping The New World Tyrannical Order.
 

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What's in a name? Toronto doctor wants answers after being kept off Porter Airlines flight



Flying isn't any fun for Alia Ali, and she says it's all because of her name.

The Toronto physician has come to expect — and accept — longer delays while going through airport security, more questions from border officials, and, generally, a much uglier travelling experience than most people will ever experience.

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Ali, a Canadian citizen, was heading home from New York City last Saturday and says she was not allowed to get on her Porter Airlines flight from Newark, N.J., to Toronto.

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Ali says she was told by Porter staff at check-in that there was a "security issue." Staff sent her to U.S. customs officials at the airport, who told her there was no security issue and that as a Canadian citizen she was cleared to fly.

But back at the Porter desk, staff still couldn't get her on the flight.

The agent recommended refunding Ali's ticket, which she did, a repurchasing a new ticket, which did not work.

"They were reluctant to repurchase the ticket. They said that every time they tried to check-in there was something that said 'inhibited check-in' for this passenger," Ali said.

Ali says she arrived three hours early for her flight — more than enough time, she thought, to sort out her usual airport snags.

In the end, Ali spent more than 10 hours at the airport.

"I was very upset. I saw three flights get checked-in with no issues. I was the only person that was left there."

When it became clear she wasn't getting on a Porter flight, Ali purchased a seat on a United Airlines flight for $676 US. Her original Porter ticket cost $170 Cdn.

She was able to get through security, check-in, and board the United flight without any problems or delays.

(CBC)​
 
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