A Wider Laptop Ban Would Take More Than Computers Out Of Airline Cabins – Forbes

Kuwaiti social media activist Thamer al-Dakheel Bourashed puts his laptop inside his suitcase at Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City before boarding a flight to the United States on March 23. (YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s expected that Homeland Security will shortly ban laptop computers from the cabins of airliners arriving in the U.S. from Europe.

This is in addition to flights from specific Middle Eastern airports.

For whatever reason, the threat appears to be not whether explosives can be installed in laptops, because whether in the cargo bin or the economy cabin, anything that goes boom is not going to have a happy ending.

The threat, apparently, is something that the security folks fear can be done from the keyboard while on the flight.

Flights From Oman or From Omaha – Is There A Difference? Okay, it doesn’t take an advanced degree in security science to conclude that if this threat can be present on a flight from London or Paris, it could also be a threat on domestic flights, too.

Airline CEOs: Battle Stations. Get the picture? Think about it — what would the fallout be if laptops are banned from U.S. airliner cabins across the board?

Even as distant a possibility as this may appear, if it were implemented, the entire underpinning of the value and missions of the U.S. air transportation system will be changed. And not in a way that Warren Buffet will approve of.

No Laptop. Can’t Do Business. So Cancel The Business Trip. The numbers vary from airline to airline, but high-yield frequent business travelers may comprise less than 20% of a network airline’s passengers, but well over half of the airline’s revenue. That means these consumers are incredibly valuable to the bottom lines, particularly at American, Delta and United Airlines.

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