Cabin laptop ban for flights from Europe to USA coming Thursday May 11, 2017?

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  1. mre5765

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    Jesus... what about cellphones and Apple watches?:rolleyes:
    Soon these clowns will be banning people from flights.... we have become a nation of pussies with baboons in charge.
    God (assuming you believe in him) help us.
     
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    On the bright side, you won't have to take your laptop out at security anymore. :D
     
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    Guess airport theft / damage claims against carriers might potentially increase.
    Now a delayed luggage is no longer just getting new clothes.
     
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    Except that for the most part airline luggage policies do not cover electronics.
    They lose your luggage with a laptop you're screwed.
     
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    I suppose that means it is time to go back to paper flip-books, such as we used to use for giving technical presentations. It's either that or overhead-projector transparencies.

    Darn good thing that I never gave up on using my Filofax!
     
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    DHS says no announcement today.
     
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    Thanks for keeping us posted! Much obliged, I am.
     
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    I love it when people announce that they won't be announcing anything. We await the announcement of a further announcement.
     
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    Well, it adds to that much-vaunted aura of unpredictability.

    I would, however, be deeply frosted if a computer ban comes in force during the middle of a business trip. I do not have the resources to buy a new machine at the end of every journey, nor do I expect my business contacts to furnish me, upon demand, with access to a loaner machine.

    Shaking my head, because after all, I am supposed to be retired, and the whole point of retirement is to not have to take business trips any more. (I suspect that I had recently forgotten that point, but that's another story....)
     
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    The problem is that it is likely a misnomer and and would ban other electronics incl. cameras and tablets.
     
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    Risks of theft and damage are, in my view, unacceptably high.

    I am beginning to wonder whether the best approach might indeed be to keep identical (or nearly-so) equipment and the ends of my usual commutes, and simply plan to shuttle a set of backup drives between them.

    For reasons of confidentiality and stability, I am not at all sure that backing files up to `the cloud` is the answer.
     
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    US and EU reject expanding laptop ban to flights from Europe

    “US and EU officials have decided against a ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights from Europe.

    “But after a four-hour meeting in Brussels to discuss the threats to aviation security, officials said other measures were still being considered.”
     
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    My real fear is that this sort of an in-cabin carriage ban will kick in with short notice, while I am outbound from home (or not yet on the last leg coming home). This level of uncertainty is leading me to better-appreciate the merits of staying close to home.

    Alas, nobody has yet invented railway-carriages that float, so I am quite unlikely to ever be able to take the train on and off my (rather large, but still water-surrounded) island.

    Drat.
     
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    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Train_ferry
     
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    Ah, HaveMilesWillTravel: once upon a time (in the early Sixties) it actually **was** possible to ride on the Canadian Pacific Steamships train-ferry from Nanaimo over to Vancouver. The darned boat left Nanaimo at four in the morning, and took eight hours to get across the water to the mainland. At least it was a downtown-to-downtown service.

    I remember the impressive dining-room on-board, with the waiters in tuxedos and bright chromed table-railing to prevent our plates and cups from sliding off the table while the ferry wallowed like a whale in the choppy water.

    I don't miss the soot that fell down from the black-smoke-belching funnels of the boat, though.

    - - - -

    Now the trip from Nanaimo to Vancouver is 23 minutes bank-to-bank, only 11 of which are concerned with actual flight. Cost per seat-hour is staggeringly-great than the old ferries. (Mind'ee, I do make more money these days!)
     
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    I've been thinking about whether I should buy a cheap iPad (older model) for travel only with the ideas that I won't have much on it and it won't attract thieves so much or be a big loss if some TSA employee or baggage handler decides to liberate it.
     
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    MSPeconomist, that's actually not a bad idea. I have an old iPad that is hardly ever used anymore; it would be no big loss where the theives to steal it.

    I am finding the impending 'security theatre' to be quite the disincentive to air travel.
     

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