The Reading / Listening - Laptop Ban - Level 4

Airports in the Middle East have started the new laptop ban on flights to the USA and the UK. Electronic devices larger than a smartphone must now be checked in. The US ban has affected airlines from eight countries, while the UK ban applies to six countries. The ban is because larger digital devices can contain explosives. Dubai's Emirates airlines said it was told to keep the ban in place until October 14.



There has been mixed reaction to the ban. Airlines had 96 hours to enforce it or lose their license to fly to the US. They called it a "nightmare". Passengers may have to pay for the security checks. Some governments wondered why the ban affects only Muslim-majority countries. A passenger from Qatar said: "It's a rule. I follow the rules. The bigger problem…is the no smoking." Another passenger worried about her kids having no laptop on a long flight.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Laptop Ban - Level 5 or  Laptop Ban - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.dw.com/en/laptop-ban-comes-into-effect-on-some-middle-eastern-flights/a-38119048
  • http://www.businessinsider.com/us-government-laptop-ban-effect-today-what-we-know-2017-3
  • https://www.buzzfeed.com/leticiamiranda/the-electronics-ban-could-go-global?


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Airports
  2. flights to
  3. Electronic devices larger
  4. must now
  5. The US ban has
  6. the UK ban applies
  7. digital devices can contain
  8. keep the ban
  1. explosives
  2. in the Middle East
  3. the USA
  4. in place
  5. to six countries
  6. than a smartphone
  7. affected airlines
  8. be checked in

Paragraph 2

  1. There has been mixed
  2. Airlines had 96 hours
  3. lose their license to
  4. They called it a
  5. Passengers may have to pay
  6. the ban affects only Muslim
  7. I follow
  8. no laptop
  1. for the security checks
  2. "nightmare"
  3. the rules
  4. to enforce it
  5. -majority countries
  6. reaction to the ban
  7. on a long flight
  8. fly to the US

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Airports in the Middle East have started the new laptop (1) ___________________ the USA and the UK. Electronic (2) ___________________ a smartphone must now (3) ___________________. The US ban (4) ___________________ from eight countries, while the UK ban applies to six countries. The (5) ___________________ larger digital devices can contain explosives. Dubai's Emirates airlines said it was told to keep the (6) ___________________ October 14.

There has been (7) ___________________ the ban. Airlines had 96 hours to (8) ___________________ their license to fly to the US. They called it a "nightmare". Passengers may (9) ___________________ the security checks. Some governments wondered why (10) ___________________ Muslim-majority countries. A passenger from Qatar said: "It's a rule. (11) ___________________. The bigger problem…is the no smoking." Another passenger worried (12) ___________________ having no laptop on a long flight.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AirportsintheMiddleEasthavestartedthenewlaptopbanonflightstothe
USAandtheUK.Electronicdeviceslargerthanasmartphonemustnowb
echeckedin.TheUSbanhasaffectedairlinesfromeightcountries,whilet
heUKbanappliestosixcountries.Thebanisbecauselargerdigitaldevice
scancontainexplosives.Dubai'sEmiratesairlinessaiditwastoldtokeep
thebaninplaceuntilOctober14.Therehasbeenmixedreactiontotheba
n.Airlineshad96hourstoenforceitorlosetheirlicensetoflytotheUS.The
ycalledita"nightmare".Passengersmayhavetopayforthesecurityche
cks.SomegovernmentswonderedwhythebanaffectsonlyMuslim-
majoritycountries.ApassengerfromQatarsaid:"It'sarule.Ifollowther
ules.Thebiggerproblem…isthenosmoking."Anotherpassengerworrie
daboutherkidshavingnolaptoponalongflight.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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