Laptops on UK Planes?

Lynne Kiesling

What if you show up to the airport today with your laptop? I would not check a bag with my laptop in it for either love or money. I would turn around and cancel my trip. Would they let me put that in my plastic bag with my wallet and passport?

UPDATE: I switched on MSNBC a few minutes ago, and they are now interviewing a Congressman who says that UK officials are not allowing on cell phones or laptops because they are concerned about the ability to use them for detonation.


6 thoughts on “Laptops on UK Planes?

  1. If TSA wants laptops checked, the airlines are going to have to learn how to handle baggage. The “drop it, then kick it, then shake it to see if it rattles” approach(*) just won’t cut it.
    *(If it rattles, it’s already broken and can be dropped, kicked and shaken again; if it doesn’t, you can assume it won’t and drop, kick and shake it some more anyway.)

    This could be the move that finally precipitates a great increase in “net meetings”.

    One additional thought. Since the issue here is purportedly clear liquid explosives, I’d certainly not try to carry my methanol fuel cell powered laptop onto a plane anytime soon, especially not with any extra fuel.

  2. If TSA wants laptops checked, the airlines are going to have to learn how to handle baggage. The “drop it, then kick it, then shake it to see if it rattles” approach(*) just won’t cut it.
    *(If it rattles, it’s already broken and can be dropped, kicked and shaken again; if it doesn’t, you can assume it won’t and drop, kick and shake it some more anyway.)

    This could be the move that finally precipitates a great increase in “net meetings”.

    One additional thought. Since the issue here is purportedly clear liquid explosives, I’d certainly not try to carry my methanol fuel cell powered laptop onto a plane anytime soon, especially not with any extra fuel.

  3. I finished the summer session at LSE yesterday and flew into JFK from Heathrow today. I checked in my laptop and it fine. Some of my friends shipped theirs in. Either way they will not continue the stringent security procedures at Heathrow for more than another week. Even though the threat exists I think very few people are willing to put up with the hassle I went through at Heathrow today.

  4. I finished the summer session at LSE yesterday and flew into JFK from Heathrow today. I checked in my laptop and it fine. Some of my friends shipped theirs in. Either way they will not continue the stringent security procedures at Heathrow for more than another week. Even though the threat exists I think very few people are willing to put up with the hassle I went through at Heathrow today.

  5. There is a issue that shoul be discussed concerning cellphones and laptops: the checked in lugagge insurance do not cover the damage or robery of electronic devices. If that luggage has to be checked in for security reasons the air companies would have to have a insurance that covers that kind of lugagge. Are they going to do it? Or not?

  6. There is a issue that shoul be discussed concerning cellphones and laptops: the checked in lugagge insurance do not cover the damage or robery of electronic devices. If that luggage has to be checked in for security reasons the air companies would have to have a insurance that covers that kind of lugagge. Are they going to do it? Or not?

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