by Loren G. Edelstein | July 01, 2017
Our July Research column explored reader attitudes about the possible banning of laptops and other devices from flights into the United States. What follows are some verbatim responses to open-ended questions on this controversial issue.

How would you like to see this problem resolved? 

• As long as I can still take my cell phone, I have no issues.

• Remove our government from office.

• Get input from the business community. I plan for quite a few international companies with inbound meetings to the U.S. One such meeting is forthcoming this October. The client is now quite concerned about the laptop ban, as 142 of his 170 attendees are coming from offshore. All are internal employees whose meeting agenda include work on their own devices.

• Simply extra screening via TSA/TSA-equivalent

• Improved security/screening technology at overseas airports in question

• Eliminate the ban; it seems like a knee-jerk response that has not been well thought-out.

• Improved inspection of devices

• Wait until the Trump administration is out of office.

• I wish I knew.

• If we have to do it for safety, I am all for it. If we can't even travel with a laptop in checked luggage, I see it being a major problem.

• Need further info on why the ban would be enacted; how would it make travel safer? What are options for scanning laptops?

• Don't have the ban unless there's a real reason, and only that which solves the security issue.

• We have all this technology, it would be nice to find a way to prevent the terrorists without totally destroying the travel experience.

• Leave things as they are.

• If forced to check laptops into luggage, airline must carry insurance in case of theft or damage AND provide a secure area to store these devices where they cannot be stolen (by staff) or damaged.

• We can't be in a position to check our laptops in luggage. Too much danger of destruction. I hope that trusted travelers will not be subject to this.

• Create a device the size of theses large PCs, tablets, e-readers, etc., that can detect explosive material if so contained.

• Safer batteries in lap tops! Its the chemistry in the battery, stupid!

• Common sense would help. Laptops in checked baggage are extremely dangerous, because of the danger of the lithium batteries catching fire and nobody noticing. This has caused some flights to crash already, and would occur much more often if laptops needed to be put in checked baggage.

• Not sure, but I know that checking a laptop invites all kinds of theft and security issues for the info contained therein.

• If it powers up at the inspection tunnel it is likely fine. If it blows up there, then that is obviously better than it happening on a plane in flight. • It isn't a problem. Safety should be the number-one priority!

• More research is necessary before such a far-reaching step is taken.

• In the climate of the world today, no matter what is done or not done, this problem will NOT really have a chance to be resolved.

• Airlines should provide safe passage, i.e., padded containers for laptops, with the onus on the airline for damage.

• Drop the ban. A mobile phone can be used to detonate a bomb anywhere in the aircraft.

• If they are concerned about safety, go back to what they did previously where they made us turn the laptop on and off.

• Drop the entire thing!

• Get a new president.

• I am more concerned about the checked batteries catching fire in the cargo hold.

• Universal ban until the danger has ended

• If they can screen people, they should be able to screen devices and make sure they're safe and not a potential bomb.

• Consult with the Israelis!

• My concern is with checked baggage and perhaps stolen property. Don't use laptops in-flight.

• Do something similar to TSA Precheck to pre-qualify business travelers to use laptops.

• I feel that this is like when TSA began requiring us to remove our shoes. Travelers complained, but we eventually accepted it as the "New Normal." Once TSA realized how difficult it was for children and seniors to remove and replace their shoes, they adapted the policy. I imagine that will be the case with laptops: They will institute a total ban on in-cabin use, and then technology will evolve to allow TSA to quickly and accurately scan electronics for safety, and they will revise the policy. If airlines allow laptops to be checked out for use inflight, I think it would solve issues for folks who need to work while flying. 

• Use an iPad.

• We resolve more problems with a safe America than we do by using a laptop on a flight. The thought that this is a game-changer is preposterous. This will help businesses that focus on protective cases for packing laptops in luggage. I would be much more concerned about the excessive fees charged by many airlines for checking luggage. Thank you for asking.

• Technology exists that allow security to get a better view of the insides of computers. I would rather see an upgrade on that level.

• It is not a problem that needs solving. We have serious problems in this country, and banning people and things are not solutions.

• Let President Trump do whatever he feels is necessary to keep American citizens safe!

• How would ANYONE put their little laptop before the safety of everyone! This is absurd that anyone would oppose it in light of the current situation. Time to grow up.

• Honestly, I don't know. But I see a new opportunity for laptop rentals at airports (much like renting a portable WiFi device at the airport, which I have done).

• There is no easy answer. But several years ago you could not use electronics on flights, and we all survived just fine. We're too attached to our devices.

• I don't see any resolution that would make everyone happy. Flying is a big enough pain in the ass these days as it is.