Richard Reid failed in his grand goal of blowing up a plane - fellow passengers aboard American Airlines flight 63 from Paris to Miami, stopped the "Shoe Bomber" as he hamfistedly tried to detonate a homemade explosive in his sneaker on December 22, 2001.

But, sitting in his solitary cell at Florence ADX - a "supermax" prison in Colorado - he is getting the last laugh. Today, passengers all over the world line up to remove their shoes at airport security checks before boarding flights. It's a minor hassle - but a hassle all the same. And such hassles mount up - like straws upon the camel's back - to make international travel seem like one big hassle. A thing to resent.

The latest security hassle - a ban on electronic devices bigger than your phone when flying to Britain or the US from airports in certain Muslim-majority nations - is one more kick in the shins for long-haul travellers.

One of the things that makes long-haul flight bearable these days is the ability to switch on your personal device and dip into the electronic stuff that's important to you.

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Airlines love it. With passengers carrying their own devices, airlines see a bold new future in which they can strip out the hardware (screens, control pads and mainframes) that make the inflight-entertainment systems work. That means less fuel burn across your fleet.

When they deprive us of the ability to use electronics on long-haul flights, douchebags like Richard Reid claim a minor victory.

The sooner we can return to normal service, the better.