Will Laptop and Tablet Restrictions Affect Your Phone Buying Habits?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jeremiah256, May 28, 2017.


How might the possible flight restrictions on laptops and tablets affect you?

  1. I'm getting a larger phone

  2. I'm getting more storage on my phone

    0 vote(s)
  3. I'm increasing both storage and size of my next phone

  4. No change. I'm fine.

  5. I'm not fine, but I'll just spend more money on booze during the flight

  1. jeremiah256 macrumors 65816


    Aug 2, 2008
    Southern California
    I fly enough and the experience sucks enough that it will affect my phone buying habits. I'm staying with the larger sized iPhone and making sure I can max out the storage.
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    The last time I flew was nine years ago and I didn't own an iPhone or iPad then.

    My job is 10 minutes from home and does not require flying, so what with all the problems I hear go on now I don't fly.

    So the experience does not at all affect my buying habits.
  3. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008
    I'm not sure if this ban is really going to happen now (other than the Middle East one already in place of course). That said, I am glad to have a Plus. Though even the display on it is pretty small for nine hours of movie watching.
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Same here. I could never go to anything less than the iPhone Plus size that I have now. Having the larger storage just makes more sense seemingly how much these iOS updates consume, alongside with media and applications.
  5. chilman macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2011
    Can anyone share why laptop are banned and will also apply in the US soon? Aren't everything we carry go through xray and security checking? Some in bound flights provide wifi on board and if the laptop's were banned, how are we supposed to kill time on board, I rather be online than watching in flight movies.
  6. nia820 macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2011
    I've been using phablet sized phones for the past 4 years, so I'll definitely continue to buy phablet.
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    The claim is that x ray machines at security check points are detailed enough to show bombs hidden inside laptops.
  7. Breaking Good macrumors 65816

    Sep 28, 2012
    The security screening is not 100% effective in detecting prohibited items.

    Some countries are better than others. But none are 100% effective.

    I'm not saying the decision is right or wrong. (This is not a political thread.). I'm just trying to provide the rationale.

    To the original post, I very seldom fly. But I've been leaning toward larger phones on my next purchase. This proposed ban is just pushing me more in that direction and also towards maxing out storage.
  8. chilman macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2011
    The ipad pro although thinner but is also larger than some smaller laptops. With that in mind, could it be that iPads could also be banned in the future for the same reason that you said. Liquid more than 50 ml that has no electrical components is also banned, this includes drinking water. And soon these terrorist may be able to engineer phablets or larger phones into explosive, who knows. I can't picture that all electronic devices could someday be banned.
  9. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    An interesting topic...if laptops and tablets are put on the banned list, it would directly affect millions.

    Wouldn't change my phone size however! I am NOT getting a large phone.
  10. iSheep5S macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2013
    Lat time I flew I was on a bmx going over a ramp. I did not question phone/laptop/tablet issues as it was a short flight. I just got settled in and landed.

    Of course tablets and phones did not exist then anyway. :)

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