Trusted travelers should be exempt from laptop ban says ASTA

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Trusted travelers should be exempt from laptop ban says ASTA

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Trusted travelers should be exempt from laptop ban, says ASTA
Jamie Biesiada
May 12, 2017

With an anticipated extension of the onboard laptop ban to flights from Europe to the U.S., ASTA suggests that travelers who are enrolled in trusted traveler programs like Global Entry be exempt from the ban.

Currently, laptops and tablets are prohibited in carry-on bags on flights to the United States from some airports in the Middle East and North Africa.

"Broadly speaking, while we believe that securing the global aviation system from terrorist attack should be the U.S. government's primary objective, our members have expressed concern about the ban and its potential to negatively impact air travel and the broader industry," Eben Peck, senior vice president of government and public affairs, said in a statement.

"Indeed, the rumored expansion of the electronics ban to additional European airports raises the same issues -- but on a broader scale -- as the original ban applying to flights from the Middle East and North Africa."

Those issues include disruption to travelers, checking electronics and the risk of fire from lithium batteries stored in cargo.

Travelers enrolled in programs like Global Entry are considered low-risk, he pointed out.
"If we have faith in the efficacy of these programs -- and we must -- then exempting these pre-screened, low-risk travelers from the ban would seem to be a sensible way to both minimize disruption to a portion of the traveling public while incentivizing enrollment," Peck said.

In addition to suggesting the exemption, Peck also called on the Trump administration to "expeditiously set clear rules of the road so that travel industry stakeholders can serve their clients, that travel disruptions are kept to a minimum and that the traveling public can maintain confidence in an industry so vital to our nation's economy."

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Unread post by bimjim » Mon May 15, 2017

I'm fed up to the gills with "special" people... as far as I am concerned they can all damned well board the plane like everybody else - and endure the flight like everybody else. If they are so feckin important they can bring a pen/pencil and notepad fer Chrissake. These same "important" people complain about a 14 hour work day, they should be ones welcoming a forced break from work - or do they just want to look important - at a risk to everybody else - as usual?

You airlines want to stop air rage, then stop dividing the flying population into the uber-privileged and cattle. Nothing pisses people off more than seeing one person get special treatment and they get zilch.

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