Electronics being banned from some African and Middle Eastern flights

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  1. MadeTheSwitch macrumors 6502a

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    Breaking news:

    It seems that there is some new policy being put into place where anything other than a cellphone has to be checked. I'm not sure why or how that changes anything from a security perspective as I am fairly confident that things can be done with cell phones too, not just iPads.

    I'd have a problem with this as I would want to read things on a tablet on a flight.

    http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/20/14986452/royal-jordanian-airlines-electronics-ban-dhs-faa
     
  2. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 603

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    On a flight to Amsterdam recently I was told that my laptop was suspicious because it was heavy and there were too many fans in it. I had to explain I was a Design Engineer and it's a high spec machine (£4000). The guy then managed to drop the bloody thing off the table and onto a hard floor! It only keeps a charge for about 30 minutes now and I had a brief experience of being treated like a terrorist.
     
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    Unfortunately the article doesn't make clear if it is an initiative by the airline company or if it's a demand by DHS.
     
  4. MadeTheSwitch thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This seems like it is coming on behalf of the U.S. government:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/electronics-banned-us-bound-flights-46261625
     
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    It does, but then it seems weird that if it's some sort of a safety issue how it can wait until tomorrow and was considered for several weeks.
     
  7. Zenithal macrumors 603

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    Medical devices? Hearing aids and insulin pumps?

    Mobile workstation? Yes, those are heavy but also uncommon. Sorry to hear about your experience. Was it company issue?
     
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    A message? A deterrent? No idea. It is certainly an event to keep under our radar; thank you for bringing it to our attention.
     
  9. joy.757 macrumors regular

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    Somewhat paranoid maybe, but this would make it possible them to bug/scan the devices without the owners being present.
     
  10. MadeTheSwitch thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmm, that's a very good point, and in today's world I don't think that is a paranoid thing at all. Though so much would be on a person's phone which they aren't touching.
     
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