Europe Electronics Ban Update: Good News for Business and Leisure Travelers!

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Emily:   A week ago, we found out the electronics ban between the US and Europe was a sure thing.

But via the New York Times, the ban will NOT be implemented, at least for now!  So folks can still use their laptops and tablets in-flight for work and entertainment.  That’s great news!

Europe Electronics Ban Update
You’ll Still Be Able to Bring Your Laptop on Board Flights From Europe to the US

I’ll share why I think the ban did NOT go through.

No Electronics Ban on Flights From Europe

Link:   Proposal Banning Laptops on U.S. Flights From Europe Has Been Taken ‘Off the Table’

Link:   Electronics Ban on Flights to US From 10 Cities – What You Need to Know

Link:   Confirmed:  Electronics Ban Between Europe and US Expected Tomorrow

We told you what we knew about the electronics ban last week.  But we still didn’t know if the ban would be similar to the previous ban from Middle Eastern and African airports, which required folks to check electronics like laptops, tablets, and e-Readers.

And now we have a positive update!  European and US officials have met, and for the time being, they will NOT prohibit folks from bringing large electronics in their carry-on luggage.  The New York Times reports:

The proposed ban would cause serious disruptions on one of the world’s most frequented air routes.  About 65 million people fly every year between the US and Europe, many of them for business.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that if implemented, the ban could cause as much as $1.1 billion in lost time.

Europe Electronics Ban Update
If Laptops Were Banned From the Cabin, Business Travelers Couldn’t Work, and Toddlers Couldn’t Watch Doc McStuffins! 🙂

That’s great news for everyone!  Because flights between the US and Europe are so popular (for both business and pleasure), it’s possible the ban didn’t hold for 2 reasons:

  • Pushback from businesses with employees carrying sensitive and classified information on laptops, or who expect their employees to work on flights
  • Pushback from airlines (demand would likely decrease for European travel!)

And we’ve seen a lot of incredible deals to Europe lately!  This might be due to airlines trying to encourage more transatlantic travel in anticipation of this ban!

Bottom Line

The proposed electronics travel ban on flights from Europe to the US will NOT go forward for the time being.

That’s good news for both business and leisure travelers.  Because your productivity won’t be interrupted!  Whether that means writing a report, or binge-watching your favorite Netflix show.

Are you happy about this news?  Or did the proposed ban make you feel safer?

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You will probably find that the initial ban may have even been initiated by the US carriers because the middle eastern carriers have been showing them up as costly second rate international airlines (which they are).

But the moment it would affect their bottom line on the European routes suddenly it is a different ballgame…

It is eminently inane unless ALL carriers follow the same policy…

There is nothing to stop someone from flying to South Africa, for example from Dubai or wherever, and connecting directly to a flight to JFK.. Or even worse have someone take an explosive laptop to a connecting airport and hand it off to the final suicidal bomber while in transit….

Oh well. – the US carriers are no doubt very happy that the middle eastern carriers are being severely affected. – and I know it changes my plans….

I may have to reconsider taking United to HKG rather that Qatar via Doha…

I think that the ban will come, eventually. Maybe not now, but eventually. If it’s really about security, then DHS won’t (and shouldn’t) care about pushback from business, airlines, or the EU.

Personally, if it IS about security (ie if there’s a legit threat), then I think it SHOULD happen. If it’s NOT, I’m indifferent. Nowadays I don’t travel with any electronic device other than my iPhone, so it wouldn’t impact me.

If it does end up happening, though, I will admit that I will find the wailing from people who are incapable of separating themselves from their devices for a few hours to be funny. 🙂

The proposed ban absolutely didn’t make me feel safer. In fact, much the opposite – I agree with the airlines, the infinitesimal risk of someone trying to sneak terrorist-related mechanisms in covered in fake laptops is *way* smaller, laughably so, than the entirely reasonable risk of that many batteries being jostled around and not watched in an uninhabitable airplane baggage area. And a *jillion* times smaller than the quite large risk of my laptop being lost, stolen or damaged if I were to put it in a checked bag.

I would be annoyed if I had to fly back from Europe with no tablet, but I could survive (I survived last time… my wife sat on my headphones and broke them as we were getting on the plane. That flight sucked.) But I would be entirely unwilling to fly to Europe at *all*, knowing that if I brought a laptop, I’d have to let dozens of total strangers being paid approximately minimum wage handle the bag it was in, with little oversight, and zero chance of compensation from either the government or the airline were something to happen to it. So yeah, you bet I’m happy this fell through, at least for now (hopefully for good.)