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    Stuff may get stolen. Forces having checked luggage. If laptops are dangerous, aren't they dangerous in cargo? Bring phone with keyboard. 🙄

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    Also if laptops *are* a threat, they should obviously be banned universally. A terrorist can obviously fly through Europe or South America.

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    If you're a journalist or an activist, fly with a chromebook. Carry minimal sensitive info anyway. Put it in an encrypted USB—always on you.

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    OK. Though my experience is that checked bags are less inspected. Istanbul airport often forces turning on laptops. twitter.com/alastairjam/st…

    Alastair Jamieson @
    A cargo hold has fire detection and suppression that a cabin does not.

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    Laptops are a threat or they are not. If they are, ban them universally. twitter.com/fatbertt/statu…

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    Also a phablet phone is okay? It has a much bigger battery than, say, a Kindle e-reader.

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    If airline or ground crew is colluding, that is indeed a *huge* problem; this won't protect one bit though. twitter.com/frogjumpsin/st…

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    This will drastically reduce business and family travel through those airlines. People will fly through Europe hubs. twitter.com/cory_foy/statu…

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    These are people on direct flights, therefore with visa or exemption to US. They thus have other options. twitter.com/lightlight/sta…

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    This argues that the cargo hold (where laptops now go) is not any safer (no access). twitter.com/filosottile/st…

    Filippo Valsorda 💉💉💉 @
    Sorry @alastairjam, but bullshit. Not sure if you are familiar with The Aviation Herald... avherald.com/h?article=4a67…

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    Yet to hear a convincing threat model for banning laptops only from cabin only on flights only from few countries. Dangerous=universal ban.

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    Anyone with a valid US visa is exempt from requiring a transit visa to fly to US through Frankfurt. Hence direct flight ban prevents what?

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    If the argument is that the ground staff at those airports are colluding, would then need to ban all direct flights. They'd thwart your ban.

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    Here's @henryfarrell with the argument that the laptop ban is retaliation for gov't subsidies those airlines get. twitter.com/henryfarrell/s…

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    I've not yet seen even a flimsy argument why terrorists can't fly via Frankfurt, or why Kindle reader more dangerous than Iphone 6S Plus...

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    If there is a threat, you need a much, much wider, universal ban—and explain why Ipads & Kindles but not phablets. twitter.com/marquardta/sta…

    Alexander Marquardt @
    UK may follow US on Middle East laptop ban telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/2…

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    I believe they may be implying people smuggling components, assembling in bathroom. Again, would need universal ban. twitter.com/drjohnhorgan/s…

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    Yep. FAA long been "freaked out" about *unattended* lithium ion batteries in cargo holds—where they will now all go. twitter.com/raistolo/statu…

    Stefano Zanero @
    worse, placing batteries in checked luggage is a safety risk. This is madness.

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    Here's the FAA "safety alert" from last year. Now, these batteries will all go into cargo area, unattended. faa.gov/other_visit/av…

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    Most charitable reading is there is a credible threat of assembling a bomb out of lithium ion + laptop components—requiring universal ban.

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    Also, a kindle e-reader has a 750 mAh battery. An iPhone 7s Plus has a 2900 mAh battery. The former is banned, the latter is not.

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    A very good question. As worded, you can carry those on... One of those can be two iPads, each of which are banned. twitter.com/jeremyzimmer/s…

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    UK version bans by dimension, not battery—bans e-readers with tiny batteries; allows phones with big batteries. twitter.com/enlayt/status/…

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