Elec­tron­ics Ban


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Clive Irv­ing of The Daily

Beast has re­ported that “the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity plans to ban lap­tops in the cab­ins of all flights from Europe to the United States, Euro­pean se­cu­rity of­fi­cials told The Daily Beast. ” For the last two months pas­sen­gers trav­el­ing to the U.S. on non-stop flights from nine Mid­dle Eastern and North African air­lines—Egypt Air, Emi­rates, Eti­had Air­ways, Kuwait Air­ways, Royal Jor­da­nian Air­lines, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Air­ways, Sau­dia Air­lines, and Turk­ish Air­lines—that op­er­ate from 10 air­ports— AMM, CAI, IST, JED, RUH, KWI, CMN, DOH, DXB, AUH— have been barred from bring­ing any elec­tronic de­vice larger than a cell phone on­board. That means all com­put­ers, cam­eras, e-read­ers, iPads, etc. have to be placed in checked lug­gage. Med­i­cal de­vices are okay. Those fly­ing in pre­mium classes are okay on some of the air­lines as they pro­vide lap­tops to bor­row and have deluxe en­ter­tain­ment sys­tems.

Well, it looks like the same re­stric­tions are go­ing to be ex­tended to all U.S.-bound flights from Europe. I’m not sure if the ban will be an­nounced but it does look like it’s im­mi­nent. As Dave La­pan, spokesman for the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, tweeted, “No fi­nal de­ci­sions made on ex­pand­ing the re­stric­tion on large elec­tronic de­vices in air­craft cab­ins; how­ever, it is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion. DHS con­tin­ues to eval­u­ate the threat en­vi­ron­ment and will make changes when nec­es­sary to keep air trav­el­ers safe.”

This is of course ex­tremely wor­ri­some for a num­ber of rea­sons: Ob­vi­ously, no one wants a bomb to go off on a plane. Duh. This will bring about a whole new safety threat.

As Clive points out in his ar­ti­cle, “Lap­tops and tablets de­nied ac­cess to the cabin and added to checked bag­gage means that de­vices with a his­tory of lithium-ion bat­tery fires could set off a deadly con­fla­gra­tion in a cargo hold— where no one can put out the fires.

The FAA recorded 33 in­ci­dents in 2016 of per­sonal elec­tronic de­vices car­ried into cab­ins by pas­sen­gers caus­ing fire emer­gen­cies dur­ing flights, ac­cord­ing to an FAA doc­u­ment re­viewed by The Daily Beast. Of these, three were in lap­tops and two in tablets.” Who the heck wants to worry about that? Al­most all of my friends/col­leagues that travel use ei­ther a lap­top or tablet to work. This ban is go­ing to force peo­ple to be less pro­duc­tive and make flights seem su­per long. The plus-side of this is that it should force those pas­sen­gers to re­lax/dis­con­nect, which isn’t a bad thing. That’s if their not wor­ry­ing about their frag­ile goods be­low them. It in­creases the risk of theft/ dam­age. Many pas­sen­gers travel with ex­pen­sive elec­tronic equip­ment, so not only do you have to worry about hav­ing it stolen but dam­aged in the lug­gage com­part­ment, as well.

My ad­vice is to: Pack smart Back up all your data and save it to the cloud.

Bring your phone charger or buy one in the air­port. Bring some good read­ing ma­te­rial Con­sider fly­ing via Canada, at least on the way to the United States.

You know Air Canada must be lov­ing this since the air­line is about to get a huge uptick in busi­ness as long as the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment doesn’t fol­low suit. (Note: If you’re fly­ing Air Canada be sure it’s not on their low-fare car­rier Rouge since they don’t have en­ter­tain­ment sys­tems and have tight legroom (30 inches of pitch). Con­sider travel in­sur­ance to pro­tect your elec­tron­ics. I have a plan with Al­lianz, which I love. Some credit cards also cover the cost of dam­aged goods in your lug­gage. Check to see if yours does, and if it doesn’t, con­sider this card.

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