Whilst the on-board lap ban from 10 airports is unlikely to affect me, it is refreshing to read how some airlines (probably worried about the economic effects) are trying to provide solutions for their passengers.
We have so far heard from 2 airlines with their solutions to this problem, I wonder how the affected British carriers will react and whether they will do more than send passengers back to check in staff if they find a forbidden item at the boarding gate.
Turning to a recent mass postings by a newbie, (welcome)… there is one comment that did create thought… “have to leave it at home then” (17.55 on the 23 March 17), referring to a laptop……
What I am wondering is – exactly what would it take for me not to travel with a lap top???
Lap tops are very personal, we all like to use what we feel is best for us…a bit like choosing Apple, Android or Blackberry..
But what would it take for me to travel without my fully loaded (with relevant programmes and documents) lap top?
I would need two things….
1. a cloud server (document storage) that was not based in the USA (where the Government as the right to access all cloud storage reserves…) that was fast where ever I was in the world
2. access to computer hardware within easy reach… hotel rooms, airports and perhaps aeroplanes.. taxis etc, so I could access my documents and programmes
I would love to travel without lap top and the plethora of wires and cables – but I could only do so, when I had confidence I could access my files easily , efficiently from where ever I am.
I feel sure this will eventually happen, but for the moment, it hasn’t and I therefore need to continue to travel with my “IT suite of computers phones, back ups and cables”
I guess it comes down to two things….
(1) security – can you keep your confidential files secure? Relying on the cloud for this is dodgy, IMHO. I am a great fan of and user of Dropbox for non-confidential files, but do not believe the risk/reward ratio of using the cloud for confidential files makes sense. If you were to carry encrypted media (e.g. a hard drive), you would have to be very sure that the machine you were using was also secure and not installed with some form of malware that captures your files – how would you do that? I have government clients who will not allow any data to be placed on the cloud – endof
(2) programmes – if one simply needs an office type suite and a browser, this is easy enough. For those people who use more specialised software or virtual machines, it’s a non starter. I use Microsoft Office 2010 and 2016 and to get them to co-exist on the same machine is very very tricky, thus leading me to have a virtual machine setup, so seperate instances can exist.
So, for some people, travelling without a laptop will be relatively simple, whilst for others it will be nigh on impossible.
From a safety perspective, I don’t fancy travelling on an aircraft with a load of high capacity LioN batteries out of crew reach and if the airport security standards are so lax that bombs are a threat, I’ll change my working/travelling patterns (and I’ll use the UK advice to make this judgment, not the US, which does seem to have a component of paybackfor the ME3 airlines in it).