Laptop Ban: What You Need to Know


There has been a lot of talk about the Trump administration’s laptop ban. As of right now, laptops are banned on flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa. The same ban is also in place in the U.K. As talk of expanding the U.S. ban to include flights from Europe heats up, here is what need to know about this ban.

What is Banned?

Laptops, tablets, and large electronic devices are all included in the ban. These devices cannot be carried into the cabin during a flight. They must be checked with the checked luggage. In fact, any device that is bigger than a smartphone must be checked.

Why is This Ban in Place?

The electronics ban was enacted due to intelligence gathering that suggests terrorists may try to hide explosives inside the devices. In an effort to keep passengers safe, the ban was enacted.

Who is Affected?

As previously mentioned, the U.S. and U.K. bans currently prohibit large devices on flights from several Middle East airports and Africa. No one, no matter where his or her home country may be, can carry devices onto planes from these locations.

Working Around the Ban

Because large devices, often used for working while in flight, or for entertainment purposes, are banned, and the U.S. may expand the current ban to include flights from Europe, it is necessary to find a way to work around the ban while not breaking the law.

While you can watch movies on your smartphone, it is not easy to work from your tiny phone. Fortunately, there are several gadgets that you can use to help you work when flying while still adhering to the electronics ban.

Consider purchasing one or more of these items to prevent the loss of working time while flying under the ban.

  • Bluetooth keyboard for your phone, no more trying to type on a tiny keyboard
  • Clamp or other cell phone holder, so you do not have to hold your phone while working or watching a movie
  • Wireless headphones, prevents the hassle of cords
  • Battery bank, to keep your battery from depleting while working or watching a movie

The U.S. has not expanded its ban as of yet. However, be sure to keep an eye on the news so that you can be prepared in the event that the ban is extended to include flights from Europe.