Getting Around the In-Flight Laptop Ban

The recently established ban on personal laptops on certain flights entering the U.S. has business travelers concerned about what may happen if these temporary security measures become more permanent and eventually become a standard across airlines. How would the modern business traveller adapt to aviation without the modern convenience of a work notebook?

Electronics luggage handling fees

Chris Christensen, the entrepreneur and digital content writer behind BloggerBridge and AmateurTraveler, has been hit by the notebook ban in his journeys. In his opinion, the biggest problem isn’t what he can do on a flight without a laptop, but how baggage handlers will deal with assessing expensive notebooks, tablet computers and SLR cameras. Turkish Air was handling this as best they could. They checked in each device. They inspected it and place each individually in bubble wrap bags. The bags then went to a special bag, which they hand-carried to the plane. Although this procedure was time-consuming and inconvenient, at least everything came to its destination in working order.

Full-time digital nomad Kelly Hayes-Raitt has been travelling for almost a decade and stocks lots of Christensen’s concerns. After all, her notebook is her livelihood. She predicts airlines will try to capitalize on the in-flight ban on laptops and use it as an opportunity to create money. She clarified that she can envision business coaches advising airlines to react by producing a more expensive ‘TLC’ luggage fee for banned electronic equipment.

More late night travel

Business travelers who are concerned that they can’t be productive without their laptops think they will have to resort to booking late night flights to compensate for lost work hours. Jason Parks, who owns a Columbus, Ohio, digital advertising agency called The Media Captain, is one such firm traveller. He said, I have worry about it, I believe business travelers would adapt by taking flights later in the day. I know this is the path I would take. I couldn’t afford to be completely unplugged each time I travel during business hours. Travelling at night could give me peace of mind I am not overlooking important information.

Airline rental laptops

Bruce Clark, an associate professor of advertising at North-eastern University, considers renting disposable laptops could be the answer to an across-the-board laptop ban. He pointed out that executives don’t need to have their own notebooks, due to potential damage and data sensitivity.

He clarified, airlines or other companies could provide ‘disposable’ laptops which rely on a cloud management system to store and protect data. Individuals would not carry their own laptop, but rather could purchase or rent a ‘shell’ laptop where users could upload data before the airport or download information after the flight. Provided that there is no information saved on the laptop, it is irrelevant whether the notebook is damaged or stolen. This is particularly helpful for those in professions in which employees need that crucial in-flight time to get ready for presentations shortly after they land, such careers include international keynote speaking, motivational speakers and worldwide consultants.

Chris Brantner, founder of CutCableToday, agrees with Clark’s idea of Airlines leasing notebooks: I feel that if there’s ever a complete ban on laptops, airlines will start leasing out notebooks on flights. Some airlines do it with tablets for entertainment purposes. So ideally, you’d be able to take a flash drive or store everything saved in the cloud with mobile data capture, rent a laptop in-flight and get to work.

Work friendly phones and docks

With no option to work in their laptops, many business travelers will probably turn for their phones for basic tasks. If laptop-free flying becomes the norm, it’s very likely that phone manufacturers will respond with a wider assortment of work friendly phones especially for travelling.

Jonathan Rodriguez, the founder, president and CEO of BitMar Networks, believes phones are the ideal response to any notebook bans. He urges regular business travelers ask their employers to provide them with phones which are equally superior quality and intended for business use.

In Rodriquez’s opinion, the best company friendly Smartphone is your Windows phone, particularly the 950XL. It is literally a hand-held computer which even functions as one, when you connect it to Continuum. The same could be said of the Samsung Galaxy 8 and 8+, which can be turned into computers throughout the DeX Station. If Rodriguez’s estimation is correct, more cellular companies may well launch business-centric phones that connect to compatible desktop or laptop docks.

Relaxation and socialising

Surprisingly, some jet-setting entrepreneurs are not at all worried concerning the possibility of future laptop bans on flights. Mary Kaarto, a writer and conference speaker, stated, she would sleep, read or actually participate with anybody next to her.

Eva Doyle, the speaker, business trainer and leadership consultant supporting The Reluctant Leader, stocks Kaarto’s overall outlook. She said she would spend her long business travel hours relaxing, reading and doing occasional work on her phone or tablet computer. Doyle thinks it’s possible that cheap and rocky journey laptops may become popular but also pointed out that in-flight working has not been flawless, the anticipation was that people will do work on flights, but let’s face it, even in business class, working on your own computer is a little pain. In coach, it’s totally miserable. Many business travelers will be alleviated that they cannot operate on flights, even if they don’t admit it.

Nobody knows for sure what the future of business travel will be Enjoy, but something is apparent: there isn’t any possible ban which may quell the Innovation and persistence of travelling entrepreneurs.