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Gadget ban small print

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Gadget ban small print

The UK government has recently announced a ban on larger mobile devices being taken into airline cabins on certain flights. Airline passengers flying into the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia will need to put their gadgets in their hold baggage due to security concerns. The announcement came just hours after the US had imposed a similar ban on inbound flights being operated by nine airlines from 10 Middle Eastern and North African airports, including Cairo, Istanbul, Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Passengers have been urged to check the small print of their travel insurance policies to ensure their mobile devices will be covered. British travel association ABTA warned that such devices were ‘typically not covered’ by travel insurance policies for loss, damage or theft when being carried in an aircraft’s hold. However, some British and American insurers have already said they will extend cover in circumstances where passengers were forced to place items in the hold that they would normally take in their hand luggage.