"The Trump administration issued a new travel restriction on bringing large electronics in carry-on luggage on direct flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries on Tuesday." - April Glaser, Recode, March 21, 2017. Here is the article.
Say, I am the typical professional dependent on my laptop for most work-related tasks and recognize how risky it is to allow that laptop to be part of checked baggage. I am an American communications experts flying back to the U.S. from an assignment in the United Arab Emirates.
Because of this new regulation, my ability to get work done will be restricted to my smartphone. Not nimble with my fingers, that's always been a challenge to me.
Meanwhile, as I struggle with long form on the iPhone I worry if my suitcase containing the laptop will be lost. The last time I checked baggage it was, you got it, lost. If the suitcase is not lost there is still the risk that the laptop has been damaged.
Sure, there are possible scenarios about bombs being built into laptops. But, enlightened governments would do risk analyses about the probabilities and the tradeoffs. The latter could include millions of lost hours of human productivity.
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