DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

New Rulings on Laptops?

Watching with interest some of the bans projected for tablets and laptops on certain flights ..Even though I was TSA PreCK, for some reason they took my phone, ran a paper strip over it and stuck it in a machine ..??? My electronic cigarette tank went through unnoticed ...Think it's only UK that is no longer letting anything bigger than a cell phone but not sure of the details ... anybody know?

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BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

That paper test was checking for explosives. Apparently someone had the bright idea to replace a laptop battery with explosives -- it only succeeded in killing the bomber.

I doubt they will ban anything, just test them for now.

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

I guess they did decide to issue a ban but only for certain locations:

The U.S. and U.K. on Tuesday banned people flying from much of the Middle East and North Africa from carrying laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices in the airplane cabin because of concerns about terrorism

 

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

The terrorists have won.

I will now have to cruise to Europe rather than fly Crying

 

Big Smile

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

The ban is on some airlines in the Middle East, I think.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

The ban is just for certain locations.  Many years ago I bought a toy for my grandson and carried with me on a plane.  For some reason it set off an alert.  Every single part of the toy was then tested as you said and then put through security individually.  It was a set with multiple pieces, I think a helicopter and airport set.  It held up the line for so long that I turned and told everyone behind me that they should go on another line for faster service,.  I was reprimanded for that.  Then all the parts were left on the belt & I was told to move on.  I then requested a manager to help me place the pieces back in their compartments which did happen.  It took about 20-30 minutes all told.  Luckily I didn't miss my flight. 

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