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Travel ban — these set of words seem to be do­ing the round far too of­ten now than ever. The re­cent one is the UK and US ban­ning elec­tron­ics no larger than a mo­bile phone in the cabin lug­gage from cer­tain coun­tries in the Mid­dle East and North Africa, as well as Turkey. The air­ports of Morocco, Turkey, Egypt, Jor­dan, Saudi Ara­bia, Kuwait, Tu­nisia, Le­banon, Qatar and the UAE are af­fected by the ban. The ban they say is be­ing im­posed as an anti-ter­ror­ist pre­cau­tion. How­ever, air­lines have come around and are sug­gest­ing al­ter­na­tives to pas­sen­gers. Nev­er­the­less, cor­po­rate travel may take a hit ini­tially as long­haul flights of­fer­ing Wi-Fi ser­vices of­ten help busi­ness trav­ellers catch up on work. This might re­sult in a drop in busi­ness and First Class book­ings as they may shift to Euro­pean car­ri­ers, which do not fall un­der the purview of the ban. How­ever, many ex­pect this to be a short-term ar­range­ment. It re­mains to be seen how long this ban shall last.

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