West Coast Travelers to be Impacted by Laptop Ban

Over the past few months, one of the biggest stories in the travel industry has been the ban on the use of laptops on flights. While it started with flights leaving from the Middle East and coming to the United States, now many other international flights entering the United States will no longer permit passengers from carrying on laptop computers.

 

While the laptop travel ban started with international flights, many now believe that it will expand further, and will impact all travel in the United States, including travel to the west coast (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/25/us-airlines-laptop-ban-flights-238835). The initial theory behind the laptop ban came after the TSA and FAA heard of a new plot to use laptops to control and even hide small bombs. In an effort to prevent this from happening, the FAA immediately imposed a ban that no longer allowed laptops to be carried on international flights.

 

This issue has created a large inconvenience for many passengers. Since many business passengers used the time of a flight to get some work done, many are now frustrated by the lack of efficiency. Furthermore, having to check a laptop now means that a business traveler will have to check their bag entirely, which is more time consuming and expensive. While this used to be a problem only for travel internationally, it now appears that this could be turning into a domestic problem as well. Those that will be most impacted by it will be travelers on the West Coast, which are far more likely to have long trips.