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Parents worry over laptop, tablet flight ban, take concerns to Twitter


By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Hours after the announcement that large electronics like laptops and tablets will be banned on flights originating from certain Middle East countries, families and fellow travelers are starting to worry about how kids, and some adults, will handle the disconnected long-haul flights.

First the United States, then the United Kingdom, issued the ban on flights coming into the countries from nearly a dozen Middle Eastern and North African countries, The Associated Press reported.

Fliers will have to check laptops and tablets after an unnamed government source said that ISIS associates are working on a plan to smuggle explosives onto flights using electronics.

The source said that the intelligence was “substantiated” and “credible,” ABC News reported.

If there is a direct flight from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia or Tunisia bound for the U.S., fliers will have to check their devices, CNN reported.

If a flight originates in Morocco, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt or Saudi Arabia and flies directly to the U.K., passengers will also be subject to the device ban.

Despite the threat, travelers are complaining and taking to social media, worried what they’re going to do on long-haul flights.

But the ban isn’t only being felt by parents and children. Businesspeople say they’ll lose productivity if they can’t log on.

Some posts gave alternatives to electronic devices to entertain children and adults on flights.

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