So today the UK and the USA have announced bans on electronic devices that are not much larger than smartphones on certain airlines and flights. Even some larger smartphones may be affected. I appreciate that these measures are designed to thwart catastrophic terrorist attacks on aeroplanes and stopping these is a good thing. So why am I having a bit a whinge? As a former very frequent flyer. In some years between 1999 and 2014 I travelled on over 100 flights. 9/11 was a tragedy that started wholesale changes in airline travel that changed the way at all air travellers had to adapt to. These were updated every few years. It meant that frequent flyers had to change the way that they did things. It added time. These rules were there to protect air travellers. A good thing. The problem I have with this new rule is that it prevents work. On a five hour flight you can prepare presentations, speeches, read up on research and go through reports. The big thing here is that it is almost impossible for the office to get hold of you. On a longer flight you can even fit in a sleep. Even if work is out of the question or completed and sleep is hard to come by, then the iPad comes into its own. Books, music, movies even games are readily available. You see there isn’t a lot to do on an aeroplane. Using a laptop or an iPad can increase productivity but more importantly eliminates boredom. On the work front. I know several people who will find this difficult especially on longer flights between the Middle East and the USA and some I know are worried about how this will affect them. I hope they can find a workaround.
Thursday, December 03, 2020