The Reading / Listening - Laptop Ban - Level 6

A number of airports in the Middle East have started implementing the ban on taking laptop computers into the airplane cabin on flights to the USA and the UK. A new directive from the USA and UK now requires electronic devices larger than a smartphone to be checked in to be stored in the hold of the aircraft. The US ban has affected airlines from eight Middle Eastern countries, while similar UK restrictions apply to six countries. Officials said the reason for the ban was that larger digital devices could contain explosives. They did not give any indication as to how long the ban would be in place. However, the Dubai-based Emirates airlines said it had received instructions to enforce it until at least October 14.



There has been mixed reaction to the ban. Airlines were unhappy about being given just 96 hours to comply with it or risk losing their license to fly into the USA. Some called it an operational nightmare. They are unsure whether or not to pass the financial burden of the additional layer of security checks onto passengers. Some of the affected countries are questioning why the ban affects only Muslim-majority countries. Passengers, meanwhile, seem resigned to it. Rakan Mohammed from Qatar said: "It's a rule. I follow the rules. The bigger problem for my family is the no smoking." Maryam Hassad from Dubai was more concerned about how to keep her children occupied on a long flight without their laptops.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Laptop Ban - Level 4  or  Laptop Ban - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. LAPTOP BAN: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about laptop ban. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       airports / ban / cabin / flights / electronic devices / Middle Eastern / explosives /
       mixed reaction / license / nightmare / financial burden / security checks / rules

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Students A strongly believe all electronic devices should be banned from airplane cabins, including smartphones; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. SECURITY: How can airports increase security? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Measures

Would they work?

Airport employees

 

 

Passenger checks

 

 

Check-in

 

 

Immigration

 

 

X-ray machines

 

 

Pre-takeoff

 

 

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5. AIRPLANE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "airplane". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. 12-HOUR FLIGHT: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things to do on a 12-hour flight at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Talk to other passengers
  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Listen to music
  • Watch movies
  • Read novels
  • Write letters
  • Work / study

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Airports in the Middle and Far East have implemented a laptop ban.     T / F
  2. Laptops can be stored in the hold of the aircraft.     T / F
  3. The UK's ban affects more countries than the USA's ban.     T / F
  4. A Dubai-based airline said the ban will end on October 14.     T / F
  5. Airlines were given 96 hours to comply with the ban.     T / F
  6. Some airlines said their passengers had nightmares.     T / F
  7. One passenger was more concerned about not being allowed to smoke.   T / F
  8. A passenger was more worried about what her children would do.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. a number of
  2. implementing
  3. restrictions
  4. stored
  5. indication
  6. reaction
  7. risk
  8. nightmare
  9. questioning
  10. occupied
  1. stowed
  2. limitations
  3. several
  4. chance
  5. ordeal
  6. busy
  7. sign
  8. querying
  9. carrying out
  10. response

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. started implementing
  2. A new directive
  3. stored in the
  4. any indication as to how long the ban
  5. instructions to enforce it
  6. There has been mixed
  7. given just 96 hours
  8. financial
  9. Passengers, meanwhile, seem
  10. more concerned about how to keep
  1. hold of the aircraft
  2. would be in place
  3. her children occupied
  4. reaction to the ban
  5. the ban
  6. to comply with it
  7. from the USA and UK
  8. resigned to it
  9. until at least October 14
  10. burden

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
flights
indication
hold
enforce
number
explosives
directive
similar

A (1) ____________ of airports in the Middle East have started implementing the ban on taking laptop computers into the airplane cabin on (2) ____________ to the USA and the UK. A new (3) ____________ from the USA and UK now requires electronic devices larger than a smartphone to be checked in to be stored in the (4) ____________ of the aircraft. The US ban has affected airlines from eight Middle Eastern countries, while (5) ____________ UK restrictions apply to six countries. Officials said the reason for the ban was that larger digital devices could contain (6) ____________. They did not give any (7) ____________ as to how long the ban would be in place. However, the Dubai-based Emirates airlines said it had received instructions to (8) ____________ it until at least October 14.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
nightmare
follow
reaction
occupied
comply
meanwhile
concerned
layer

There has been mixed (9) ____________ to the ban. Airlines were unhappy about being given just 96 hours to (10) ____________ with it or risk losing their license to fly into the USA. Some called it an operational (11) ____________. They are unsure whether or not to pass the financial burden of the additional (12) ____________ of security checks onto passengers. Some of the affected countries are questioning why the ban affects only Muslim-majority countries. Passengers, (13) ____________, seem resigned to it. Rakan Mohammed from Qatar said: "It's a rule. I (14) ____________ the rules. The bigger problem for my family is the no smoking." Maryam Hassad from Dubai was more (15) ____________ about how to keep her children (16) ____________ on a long flight without their laptops.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A number of airports in the Middle East have started ______ ban
     a.  complementing the
     b.  implanting the
     c.  imply lamenting the
     d.  implementing the

2) electronic devices larger than a smartphone to be checked in to be stored ______
     a.  in the hood
     b.  on the hood
     c.  in the hold
     d.  on the hold

3)  the reason for the ban was that larger digital devices could ______
     a.  contain explosions
     b.  can tin explosives
     c.  contain explosives
     d.  content explosives

4)  They did not give any indication as to how long the ban ______
     a.  would be on place
     b.  would be in place
     c.  would being place
     d.  would been in place

5)  Emirates airlines said it had received instructions to enforce it ______ October 14
     a.  until late least
     b.  until at least
     c.  until at last
     d.  until at lest

6)  Airlines were unhappy about being given just 96 ______
     a.  hours two comply
     b.  hours to comply
     c.  hours too comply
     d.  hours stew comply

7)  Some called it an ______
     a.  operational nightmare
     b.  operation all nightmare
     c.  operational nightmares
     d.  operational nightly mare

8)  affected countries are questioning why the ban affects only Muslim-______
     a.  majorities countries
     b.  major city countries
     c.  majorly countries
     d.  majority countries

9)  Passengers, meanwhile, seem ______
     a.  designed to it
     b.  resigns to it
     c.  designs to it
     d.  resigned to it

10)  Maryam Hassad from Dubai was more concerned about how to keep ______
     a.  her children preoccupied
     b.  her children occupied
     c.  her children occupy it
     d.  her children preoccupy it

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A (1) ___________________ the Middle East have started implementing the ban on taking laptop computers into the airplane (2) ___________________ the USA and the UK. A new directive from the USA and UK now requires electronic devices larger than a smartphone (3) ___________________ to be stored in the hold of the aircraft. The US ban has affected airlines from eight Middle Eastern countries, while similar UK (4) ___________________ six countries. Officials said the reason for the ban was that larger digital devices could contain explosives. They did not give (5) _________________ how long the ban would be in place. However, the Dubai-based Emirates airlines said it had received instructions (6) ___________________ least October 14.

There has been (7) ___________________ the ban. Airlines were unhappy about being given just 96 hours to (8) ___________________ losing their license to fly into the USA. Some called it an operational nightmare. They are unsure whether or not to pass the (9) ___________________ the additional layer of security checks onto passengers. Some of the affected countries are questioning why the (10) ___________________ Muslim-majority countries. Passengers, meanwhile, seem resigned to it. Rakan Mohammed from Qatar said: "It's a rule. (11) ___________________. The bigger problem for my family is the no smoking." Maryam Hassad from Dubai was more concerned about how to keep her children (12) ___________________ flight without their laptops.

Comprehension questions

  1. How many Middle Eastern airports must enforce the ban?
  2. Where do laptops now have to be stored?
  3. How many countries has the UK ban affected?
  4. What did an official say larger digital devices could contain?
  5. When did a Dubai-based airline say it was told to enforce the ban until?
  6. What kind of reaction has there been to the ban?
  7. How long did airlines have to enforce the ban?
  8. Who might airlines pass the financial burden of extra security on to?
  9. What was the bigger problem for Rukan Mohammed?
  10. Who was Maryam Hassad worried about not having laptops on a flight?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many Middle Eastern airports must enforce the ban?
a) most
b) a number of them
c) 26
d) 3

2) Where do laptops now have to be stored?
a) in the tail
b) in the cabin
c) in the cockpit
d) in the hold

3) How many countries has the UK ban affected?
a) 6
b) 7
c) 8
d) 9

4) What did an official say larger digital devices could contain?
a) illegal material
b) viruses
c) explosives
d) drugs

5) When did a Dubai-based airline say it was told to enforce the ban until?
a) October 15
b) October 14
c) October 17
d) October 16

6) What kind of reaction has there been to the ban?
a) shocked
b) noisy
c) mixed
d) none

7) How long did airlines have to enforce the ban?
a) 24 hours
b) a week
c) 3 days
d) 96 hours

8) Who might airlines pass the financial burden of extra security on to?
a) passengers
b) governments
c) airports
d) advertisers

9) What was the bigger problem for Rukan Mohammed?
a) no smoking
b) leg room
c) airplane food
d) air sickness

10) Who was Maryam Hassad worried about not having laptops on a flight?
a) business people
b) children
c) pilots
d) flight attendants

Role play

Role  A – Watch Movies

You think the best thing to do on a 12-hour flight is to watch movies. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): work / study, talk to other passengers or exercise.

Role  B – Work / Study

You think the best thing to do on a 12-hour flight is to work / study. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): watch movies, talk to other passengers or exercise.

Role  C – Talk to Other Passengers

You think the best thing to do on a 12-hour flight is to talk to other passengers. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): work / study, watch movies or exercise.

Role  D – Exercise

You think the best thing to do on a 12-hour flight is to exercise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  work / study, talk to other passengers or watch movies.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'laptop'

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  • and 'ban'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • mixed
    • risk
    • pass
    • questioning
    • follow
    • long
    • number
    • cabin
    • hold
    • similar
    • contain
    • until




    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 - Laptop ban goes into effect in certain countries

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'laptop'?
    3. What do you think of the laptop ban?
    4. How good is airport security?
    5. Why is the ban on flights from so few countries?
    6. Is the laptop any less of a security risk in the hold?
    7. Should smartphones also be banned?
    8. Won't terrorists simply put explosives in other things instead?
    9. How long do you think the ban should last?
    10. How worried are you about security when flying?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'ban'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why has there been mixed reaction to the ban?
    5. What kind of operational nightmare do you think airlines had?
    6. Who should pay for the additional layer of security?
    7. Do people really need laptops on airplanes?
    8. What would you do on a 12-hour flight?
    9. How can you keep children occupied on a long flight?
    10. What questions would you like to ask an airline boss?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A (1) ____ of airports in the Middle East have started implementing the ban on taking laptop computers into the airplane (2) ____ on flights to the USA and the UK. A new directive from the USA and UK now (3) ____ electronic devices larger than a smartphone to be checked in to be stored in the hold of the aircraft. The US ban has affected airlines from eight Middle Eastern countries, while similar UK restrictions apply (4) ____ six countries. Officials said the reason for the ban was that larger digital devices could contain explosives. They did not give any indication (5) ____ to how long the ban would be in place. However, the Dubai-based Emirates airlines said it had received instructions to enforce it until at (6) ____ October 14.

    There has been (7) ____ reaction to the ban. Airlines were unhappy about being given just 96 hours to comply (8) ____ it or risk losing their license to fly into the USA. Some called it an operational (9) ____. They are unsure whether or not to pass the financial burden of the additional layer of security checks onto passengers. Some of the (10) ____ countries are questioning why the ban affects only Muslim-majority countries. Passengers, meanwhile, seem resigned to it. Rakan Mohammed from Qatar said: "It's a rule. I (11) ____ the rules. The bigger problem for my family is the no smoking." Maryam Hassad from Dubai was more (12) ____ about how to keep her children occupied on a long flight without their laptops.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     numeral     (b)     numeracy     (c)     number     (d)     numerical    
    2. (a)     cabin     (b)     cockpit     (c)     galley     (d)     hold    
    3. (a)     requires     (b)     lets     (c)     warrants     (d)     has    
    4. (a)     to     (b)     by     (c)     of     (d)     on    
    5. (a)     is     (b)     as     (c)     was     (d)     has    
    6. (a)     lost     (b)     lest     (c)     last     (d)     least    
    7. (a)     mixture     (b)     mixing     (c)     mixed     (d)     mixes    
    8. (a)     of     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     with    
    9. (a)     nightmare     (b)     nightcap     (c)     nightly     (d)     night night    
    10. (a)     affect     (b)     affected     (c)     affects     (d)     affection    
    11. (a)     chase     (b)     follow     (c)     pursue     (d)     stalk    
    12. (a)     concerns     (b)     concerning     (c)     concerned     (d)     concern

    Spelling

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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    There has been mixed / mixing reaction to the ban. Airlines were unhappy about been / being given just 96 hours to comply with ban / it or risk losing their license to fly into / onto the USA. Some called it an operational nightmare. They are reassure / unsure whether or not to pass the financial burden of the additional layer / payer of security checks onto passengers. Some of the affected countries are questioning why the ban affects only Muslim-majority countries. Passengers, whiling / meanwhile, seem resigned to / for it. Rakan Mohammed from Qatar said: "It's a rule. I follow / chase the rules. The bigger problem for my family is the no smoking." Maryam Hassad from Dubai was more concerned about / around how to keep her children occupied on a long flight without their laptops.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a number of airports in the middle east have started implementing the ban on taking laptop computers into the airplane cabin on flights to the usa and the uk a new directive from the usa and uk now requires electronic devices larger than a smartphone to be checked in to be stored in the hold of the aircraft the us ban has affected airlines from eight middle eastern countries while similar uk restrictions apply to six countries officials said the reason for the ban was that larger digital devices could contain explosives they did not give any indication as to how long the ban would be in place however the dubai-based emirates airlines said it had received instructions to enforce it until at least october 14

    there has been mixed reaction to the ban airlines were unhappy about being given just 96 hours to comply with it or risk losing their license to fly into the usa some called it an operational nightmare they are unsure whether or not to pass the financial burden of the additional layer of security checks onto passengers some of the affected countries are questioning why the ban affects only muslim-majority countries passengers meanwhile seem resigned to it rakan mohammed from qatar said "it's a rule i follow the rules the bigger problem for my family is the no smoking" maryam hassad from dubai was more concerned about how to keep her children occupied on a long flight without their laptops

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    heaircraft.TheUSbanhasaffectedairlinesfromeightMiddleEasterncou
    ntries,whilesimilarUKrestrictionsapplytosixcountries.Officialssaidth
    ereasonforthebanwasthatlargerdigitaldevicescouldcontainexplosiv
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    erationalnightmare.Theyareunsurewhetherornottopassthefinancial
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    oftheaffectedcountriesarequestioningwhythebanaffectsonlyMuslim
    -majoritycountries.Passengers,meanwhile,seemresignedtoit.Rak
    anMohammedfromQatarsaid:"It'sarule.Ifollowtherules.Thebiggerp
    roblemformyfamilyisthenosmoking."MaryamHassadfromDubaiwas
    moreconcernedabouthowtokeepherchildrenoccupiedonalongflight
    withouttheirlaptops.

    Free writing

    Write about laptop ban for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    The laptop ban should be on all flights worldwide. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about the laptop ban. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. AIRPORT SECURITY: Make a poster about airport security. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. LAPTOP BAN: Write a magazine article about the laptop ban and it being in Muslim-majority countries. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on laptop ban. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make airports and air travel safer. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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