Tuesday 21 March 2017

Flying hazards

I'm glad to say, I haven't flown for a couple of decades, and I hope I never do again. It isn't that I have a fear of flying - it's the awful discomfort, the intrusive searches and the terrible ennui.

And now I see a new rule. If you're going from any of a dozen middle-eastern airports, to the USA, you're not allowed to carry laptops, cameras, tablets and suchlike in the cabin.

When I used to travel, back in the early 1990s, my accompanying computer(s) was what kept me sane. But that's not the problem.

If there's a terrorist hazard in carrying such a device from a middle-eastern airport to the USA, how come there isn't the exact same hazard from any airport to any other? I mean, if Joe Badperson wants to blow up an airplane, and he knows about this ban, so he'll fly from London to Hamburg and blow that up instead.

Either this new rule is more security theater, or else it isn't wide enough and we should expect a similar ban to become universal.

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