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To wonder how people will work on planes?

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KenAdams Tue 21-Mar-17 17:59:37

The new rules about no laptops in the cabin seem very restrictive for people who are travelling on business.

AIBU to think it's too restrictive? Surely a laptop bomb anywhere on the plane will cause significant damage?

Foldedtshirt Tue 21-Mar-17 18:02:32

Meh, it's not all planes, by a very long stretch. Most people with laptops on planes seem to be watching crappy tv anyway.
And it's not to do with the relative damage a bomb would do in the cabin v hold, more the extra level of sophistication that a hold bomb would have to have- timer etc.

ShatnersBassoon Tue 21-Mar-17 18:06:50

It's only on flights from a handful of countries, so not that big an inconvenience for most business travellers.

MrsHathaway Tue 21-Mar-17 18:25:31

DH flew whilst working on his laptop yesterday (AA to Denver). When he takes long day time flights it helps to pass the time and reduces workload when he gets there. It also means he can hit the ground running when he gets there; also that he can take his laptop when he just goes somewhere for the day or overnight and takes cabin baggage only.

Do you have a link? I'm interested to see if it's likely to affect him. Not this trip evidently but next time.

lekkerkroketje Tue 21-Mar-17 18:36:44

I'm more concerned how many laptops will actually make it though hold baggage unstolen or unbroken. What do you do for a meeting when your laptop has been stolen?

I suppose the positive side is it might encourage more people to do remote conferencing.

kingscrossnoodle Tue 21-Mar-17 18:39:27

People will have to get over it I'm afraid. So what if it 'passes the time' the terror threat is real and we should be pleased action is being taken

delilahbucket Tue 21-Mar-17 18:39:33

It only applies to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Don't think too many people will be travelling to these countries in business.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 21-Mar-17 18:40:53

I think they need to get over it. Safety has to come first.

witsender Tue 21-Mar-17 18:41:55

Meh

BarbarianMum Tue 21-Mar-17 18:43:13

It only applies to certain carriers as well. Bet those that aren't included are well chuffed!

Emphasise Tue 21-Mar-17 18:43:23

Great opportunity for petty thieves I woukd think

MrsHathaway Tue 21-Mar-17 18:46:00

It only applies to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Don't think too many people will be travelling to these countries in business.

DH manages airports. If you can fly there, you can work there. But yes I take your point they're less obvious business routes than eg LHR>JFK.

VoyageOfDad Tue 21-Mar-17 19:14:13

I don't think the worry is about laptop bombs. Security experts have said a bomb in the cabin or hold is still a bomb. So it makes no sense.

I think they're worried about someone hacking a plane mid flight.

mailfuckoff Tue 21-Mar-17 19:18:03

Are they still allowed to bring the laptop in hold luggage? I have a colleague coming from Turkey to here tomorrow and I'm wondering if he will need a laptop here

PoundlandUK Tue 21-Mar-17 19:25:54

mail UK government is imposing it on the Turkey - UK route in coming days but definitely before 25th. Turkish Airlines is apparently spitting blood. It's a major business route both direct and interconnecting via Istanbul.

I think it's applicable to all flights from Ataturk, indefinitely.

PoundlandUK Tue 21-Mar-17 19:26:36

Yes, laptops allowed in hold luggage, apparently.

VoyageOfDad Tue 21-Mar-17 19:31:11

The ban is also for iPads and some phones I believe.

hellokittymania Tue 21-Mar-17 19:34:52

Actually I was planning to take the flight from Dubai to Orlando which is 15 hours 50 minutes. As I am visually impaired and very dependent on my iPad for many things, this is actually a very big inconvenience. So much so, that I will no longer take that flight.

AuntieStella Tue 21-Mar-17 19:36:00

It's all rather confusing at the moment.

But any work prep in the flight will need to be done in hard copy. Just like it always used to be.

Or you sleep (so you're rested and ready to do business on arrival), play games on a non-banned console, watch the inflight movie, read an improving novel. All the things those of us who were fling on business in the 1980s used to do

hellokittymania Tue 21-Mar-17 19:36:24

Please don't tell me this applies on the flights from emirates to the UK as well? I thought these rules only apply to flights traveling to the USA. I frequently fly through Dubai on my way to Asia.

SaltySeaBird Tue 21-Mar-17 19:37:05

Things will get broken or stolen!

My laptop is worth £2,000, my phone is £800 and my camera equipment is worth £10,000. I need all that for my job. If I flew somewhere and anything went missing or broken it would be a nightmare. I carry it all.

I have flown to one of those countries and back carrying all that equipment in last few years.

hellokittymania Tue 21-Mar-17 19:39:36

They also said no DVD players. A lot of the in-flight entertainment is now touchscreen so quite inconvenient if you can't see. I have a tiny bit of vision but my nose touches the screen every time I try to use it on my own. So I really really really depend on my iPad and other things that I can use easily and independently.

Ta1kinPeace Tue 21-Mar-17 19:43:31

All flights Doha and Dubai to UK or US are hit
that is a LOT of business class passengers

THe Turkey changes will hit anybody on holiday who had not booked hold luggage

it is utterly to do with the Laptop bomb a couple of weeks back

expatinscotland Tue 21-Mar-17 19:49:18

So which would be worse, not being able to work on a plane or being blown up?

mrbob Tue 21-Mar-17 19:50:39

Love how people don't think there are business people flying those routes. Because no Jordanian can possibly work in business hmm What you mean is no British people will be going there on business (also untrue) Funnily enough not everything is about how it affects us...

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