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Turkish Airlines offers laptops on UK flights

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Turkish Airlines began on Friday to offer laptop computers to business-class passengers on U.K.-bound flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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The service was made available to passengers on a Manchester-bound flight early on Friday.

Business-class passengers will hand over their laptops to a Turkish Airlines employee and request a computer from the cabin crew to use in-flight.

The move is an attempt to deal with a U.S. and British ban on in-cabin laptop use on flights departing from several airports in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

Turkey's flag-carrier previously introduced a similar service for U.S.-bound customers.

Britain introduced the measures on March 21 to cover tablets, laptops and some cellphones, echoing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Turkish Airlines' dual-functionality devices can be used as both a laptop and a touchscreen tablet. Passengers will be able to save their personal information on a USB memory stick.

All personal data will be deleted after the device is shut down to protect users’ privacy.

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