Flying to the USA later this week and absolutely terrified that they’re going to ban laptops on the way

Flying to the USA later this week and absolutely terrified that they’re going to ban laptops on the way…

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  1. I still can’t quite believe they would actually go through with that – a failsafe way to effectively halt all business travel into and out of the US. With this administration, you never know, though.
    I just really, really hope this laptop thing doesn’t become a world wide rule, though.

    1. I think they’re trying to slow travel. Fewer people seeing life outside the media bubble and talking with people from overseas = fewer contrasting opinions. The hegemonic win would be higher value to this lot than the cash value of business.

    2. Interesting theory. I’ll just hope it isn’t true – although, admittedly, personally, I’m holding off on travel to the US for the time being (and am certainly not the only one).

    3. That’s a stretch. A ‘laptop ban’ simply means not using a device for the hours you’re on a plane, not banned from bringing one.

      If I’m a foreign business, I probably don’t want to be doing business or expanding business into the US in these very uncertain times. Much rather be working with China, Asia, and perhaps the parts of the EU that want to stick together.

    4. This is weird… I read an article this morning saying that the current discussion was to ban laptops _completely_ from all flights into and out of the US, in the hold as well as in the cabin, which is what I was referring to. Can’t find said article now, though, so it might have been a misunderstanding / mistranslation?!
      In any case, I’m pretty sure very few major business reps would be allowed (or willing) to check a laptop with sensitive information on it, regardless of extra safety measures. Personally, I would definitely be apprehensive of storing my laptop (which is my livelihood) in the hold. So yes, I do think the impact on international business would be real, apart from all other considerations.
      Also, there are definitely a lot of (big) business ties that will not be severed over night, although I guess a lot of the truly big business happens on Gulfstreams, which are unaffected by this whole discussion, anyway.

    1. note: i’m not terrified about terrorism, i’m terrified about the disintegration of my rights/comfort/ease because of an institutionalized fear of terrorism

    2. Still, that means the terrorists have accomplished their mission. We have to go with the flow as bad as it is. Im not happy either, as like you I need to travel with my computer as its how we make our living. But it seems out of our control as the authorities are not willing to spend the money it will take for us to live our lives as we should.

    3. Going with the flow of an erosion of your rights and liberties kinda seems like the “terrorists have accomplished their mission.”

  2. If the ban goes into effect, there will be protocols to ensure your electronics will arrive safely and undamaged. ME carriers have implemented a variance on the gate check procedure with separate identification and handling outside of general baggage. Fear not!

    1. Yup. I flew Turkish and apart from not having my computer for 14 hours it was handled well. I did lose about 8 hours of productivity though…

    1. I guess you can get a keyboard thing for your smartphone, if you are referring to a separate physical keyboard

    2. Open and manipulate an excel spreadsheet, edit a photo, lots of things, really Brian? ๐Ÿ™‚ if my phone was adequate, I would not have bought a computer.

  3. Though a factor, the inconvenience and disintegration of my rights are minuscule concerns compared to the safety issues. All those lithium batteries in the hold are a very scary proposition Surely improved security screening on the ground is the solution, rather than putting passengers at serious risk of fire on every flight.

  4. Banning electronics in the cabin is not the answer. The authorities need to invest money into better equipment and procedures. Its a bunch of knee jerk reactions when something happens. Step back and look at the overall situation and access it.

    Banning computers is just plane dumb and the authorities know it and so do people who work in the aviation industry.

    1. For once we’re in total agreement =)

      What is the best response here, if you’re the industry, though? ‘We’re more afraid of fires in the back’? ‘Compliance will cost us billions’? ‘See you in court’?

    2. hehe; Chris, that’s funny.

      There are advanced fire suppression systems in the cargo hold. So its easier to control a fire there. Plus the two compartments are separate. With that said though, they don’t want too many fire enhancers like lithium ion batteries in there as they will fuel a fire, so its why this makes no sense.

      The Israelis have solved the issue so the rest of the world can, but it will be costly. No one wants to be responsible for an issue because they knew there’s a threat and nothing was done. So that’s where we are at the moment.

  5. They will probably require them to be checked and not allowed as carry-on. The batteries can be dangerous if you have the time to fiddle with them and are sufficiently bloody-minded.

  6. I could be wrong and not saying it’s right, but laptop or tablet ban is for specific airlines and countries/region. I think it’s stupid, but you might not be affected by it. Call or visit airline website ahead to confirm

  7. I’m going to the US next week too. I’m taking a boat though. Haven’t banned laptops on those yet ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. It takes about seven days each way and is somewhat more expensive than a plane, but if you factor in free meals and a decent room for seven nights, plus the wonders of being totally disconnected for a week, it’s rather jolly ๐Ÿ˜€

      Afternoon tea every day too, of course.

  8. Whatever happens, you shouldn’t let yourself get terrified. Checking luggage is an inconvenience, as is “not being able to type” but I don’t understand why it should instil actual fear. Look upon it as a chance to relax, watch the movies, write by hand, sleep, listen to music, meditate, etc. etc. etc.

    1. Well one major fear is that lithium ion batteries in luggage is consider a major fire hazard. Apparently, nobody in the US has figured that out yet. And when you have a bunch of them in the luggage area…

  9. And will they be liable for the dozens of laptops that are sure to be destroyed in checked baggage? What happens when their ban means that my entire livelihood arrives destroyed on my way to do my job?

  10. I’m in the USA now. Took an internal flight today with laptop and spare lithium camera batteries, all carry on and no questions/problems. Safe travels.

  11. IF it happens hopefully the airlines will apply similar rules that the Middle Eastern airlines did. We had flights home on Turkish through Istanbul and they let us bring our electronics/laptops/camera gear to the gate and then they had a security team bubble wrap and give tickets for each of your items that were able to pick up when you got off the flight. They had everything secured to help ease the pain. It was efficient and all of our precious gear was safe!

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