Friday, March 31, 2017

CNN report suggests laptop bans in aircraft cabins could expand and strain business and some personal travel


CNN is claiming an exclusive scoop on FBI reports that terrorists in Yemen may have developed a way to place a manually operable bomb in a laptop component with a laptop that will still power up long enough to escape airport security detection.  The story by Evan Perez Jodi Enda and Barbara Starr is here.  Terrorists seem to have gotten hands on some detection equipment to test their devices.

The tone of the story suggests that the current ban on in-cabin laptops and tablets from certain Islamic country airports may not be enough. On Friday night, CNN AC360 suggested bluntly suggested that the question of a complete laptop ban is begged. but modern airports have layers of security beyond actual detection.



But an NBC story today (by Pete Williams and Ken Delanian) denies that such a policy for domestic US airlines is likely any time soon.
 
Travelers, for work or often for those like me with closely held small businesses, need secure connectivity all the time when we travel.  Hotel business centers are generally not adequate, and the capacity of FedEx and UPS stores is maybe somewhat limited.  But industry has, since the mid 2000s (even given 9/11) assumed that most travelers carry their own electronics and laptops and have not developed a “car rental” model for electronics.

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