Has the laptop become the new shoe ?
First shoes, then liquids, and now laptops.
With reports intimating the airplane cabin laptop disallow may soon expand from flights originating in eight Middle Eastern and African countries to parts of Europe, it’s clear that our computers have now participated the roster of things we have to worry about when flying.
However, some great question abide: Why now, and why are laptops considered OK in a plane’s cargo hold but not in its compartment?
Laptops have been a key aspect of international travelling for years, with fares in both business and economy classes tapping away on long flights to get production done or pass the time. As the administration of Donald Trump considers impelling specific travelers to check laptops into cargo holds, thus gambling cracked screens and possible burns, it is reasonable to ask what’s changed and if this is anything more than security theater.
Unfortunately, the answer is light on specifics.
CNN reported in March that an indeterminate al Qaeda affiliate was in fact implemented in order to camouflage explosives as laptop factors. As such, we know that the initial laptop disallow wasn’t totally out of the blue.
Mashable had now been became aware that the standard screening process that fares and carry-on luggage follow up may not always be sufficient to detect specific explosives.
Checked baggage, however, guides through a different screening process that is able to pick up the explosives. So, the reasoning is that it’s not about dispersing a would-be attacker from his or her computer as much as it’s working an additional grade of inquiry to maneuvers brought onto planes.
But why now? Well, that one is ticklish. We’ve became aware that, apparently, a more thorough assessment of the present terrorist menace countryside contributed officials to believe that such an attack could emanate out of Europe.
So there you have it. Missiles can be hidden in laptops, and parties might be doing that( or planning to do that) in Europe with the intent to accompany the maneuvers onto aircrafts heading to the U.S.
As to whether or not the extension of the laptop disallow to specific Europe airports are follow up? That’s still up in the air, but Reuters announces the expansion “likely.”
So, you know, perhaps consider investing in thickened laptop travelling lawsuits if there are still any left.