OT: laptop bans coming to Europe-US flights?

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Submitted by spdrun on May 17, 2017 - 10:09am

What do you all think this proposal is for?

(1) Laptops are really a legit threat in the passenger cabin, but not in the cargo hold. Frankly, I think a lithium fire (causing other batteries to catch fire) in the cargo area is terrifying -- no way to put it out, remember the Valujet flight in the 90s?
(2) It's an excuse to examine laptop hard drives without passenger knowledge, or install malware. Less bad publicity than requesting access and bullying passengers who don't give consent.
(3) It's a way to bully France for not voting for the female version of Trump.

Also, will passengers be allowed to remove the HDD and bring it as carry-on to avoid data theft even if their device is stolen?

Submitted by SK in CV on May 17, 2017 - 1:14pm.

Issue is hard-to-detect EDs hidden in batteries. Nothing more complicated than that.

Submitted by spdrun on May 17, 2017 - 1:18pm.

And one going off in the cargo hold, possible starting a lithium fire would be somehow better? Lockerbie was done by a checked bag.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on May 17, 2017 - 4:42pm.

No bueno for travel and tourism.

Submitted by harvey on May 17, 2017 - 9:27pm.

There was that guy that said something about giving up liberty for security...

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