Published on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gadget ban would deter one in three Brits from flying



Over a third of Brits would not board a flight if they had to leave their laptop or other gadget in the hold.


A survey of 3,600 people by HolidayExtras.com reveals 35% felt they'd be forced to reconsider their flight if they had to put electronic devices in the hold of an aircraft.


Almost one in five people (18%) say they would worry about the safety of their belongings while17% say they couldn't be parted from their devices or switch off from devices during their journey.


The survey also revealed tablets are the nation's most treasured tech, with 34% stating that this is the gadget they'd have most trouble checking in.


Kindles came in a close second, proving almost twice as popular with women than men, with 19% taking them abroad.


Meanwhile, Travelzoo warns the business sector will be severely affected.


Travelzoo travel expert and spokesperson Louise Hodges said: "News that the US will potentially impose its laptop ban on incoming flights from the UK and Europe could have a serious negative impact on trans-Atlantic travel, especially in the business sector.


"Having already seen the impact for business travellers from a President Trump laptop ban, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways have found a way for business-class passengers, lending them laptops as they board.


"This though is not a long term solution and poses many issues for travellers, and their businesses, around data protection and security."

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