Two weeks ago I wrote that the US government was considering extending the ban on inflight electronics to flights coming from Europe, not just the Mideast.
Extending the ban to Europe flights, though, would be one way to answer the criticism of the laptop ban that it targets only airports with flights operated by competitors of U.S. airlines.
And an announcement extending the ban to European flights to the U.S. could come as soon as Wednesday.
US officials are “weighing the advantages of expanding the ban” against the “possible disruptions it will cause.”
The funny thing here of course is that the disruptions aren’t possible, they’re certain and obvious. While the advantages really accrue to the terrorists we’re surrendering to by doing this. Expect more laptops to be stolen, and fewer people to travel not just because of the inconvenience and lost productivity but because of the sensitive information that giving up physical control of a laptop potentially exposes.
Playing whack-a-mole with threats just pushes determined terrorists to focus on other airports or other means to accomplish their goals. Pushing lithium ion batteries into cargo creates a fire risk that’s harder to contain.
So far the US government officially offers only this non-statement:
The Transportation Security Administration told CBS News in a statement, “We have not made any decisions on expanding the electronics ban; however, we are continuously assessing security directives based on intelligence and will make changes when necessary to keep travelers safe.”
There will be another meeting on the issue with US airlines “later this week” and an announcement is not expected “before Wednesday.”
If this comes to pass I expect to take all my international trips via Canada.