The government is looking “very closely” at invoking a ban on passengers carrying laptops on international flights for certain legs. Prime Minister Turnbull told ABC News “We are taking into account all of the information and advice we’re receiving internationally and we’re working very closely with our partners. In due course, any announcements will be made formally though the Transport Minister.”
The US and UK have already banned laptops on certain routes from the Middle East leading some carriers to lend passengers laptops and tablets along with internet access so they can work during long haul flights.
As someone who spends a lot of time on planes, I use the time on planes to catch up on work, watch the stuff I like and otherwise fill the time.
While I don’t fly the routes likely to be affected often I am concerned that the government will, at some point expand the scope of the ban.
Australian Business Traveller reported a while ago that a ban on laptops on flights between the US and Europe is expected.
International flying is already a hassle in some countries. Between long security lines, having to take shoes off and removing electronic devices from bags it’s little wonder passengers are pissed off before they get to the plane.
And let’s not forget that putting laptops into checked luggage carries a risk not covered by travel insurance and that potentially sensitive information will be outside the owner’s control.