UK travellers rush home from UAE before 1pm flight ban

Thousands of British travellers have rushed to return home from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday before a flight ban came into force. Social media influencers and models are among those affected by the decision to ban direct flights from the UAE from 1pm. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the policy at 5pm on Thursday, giving travellers just 20 hours to make arrangements. The measure is aimed at stopping the spread of the South African coronavirus variant.