Now laptop ban

THE Trump administration has imposed new restrictions on electronic devices carried by travellers coming to the US from 10 airports mainly in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified terror threats. The Department of Homeland Security will now require passengers coming to the US from airports in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Morocco and Qatar to check electronic devices larger than a cell phone such as tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras.
It is all the more regrettable that United Kingdom too has followed the suit and some more countries of Europe have intentions to do so. The restrictions are being described as part of the steps to improve security, which is, of course, right of every sovereign country but, like the visa ban, it has anti-Muslim connotation and is also being seen as beginning of a trade war as was feared in the backdrop of a flurry of statements during American presidential elections. People move between countries and continents frequently due to business or other reasons and had to carry their personal items including laptops, cameras, cellular phones and digital recorders. Putting these items into luggage is an unimaginable option given the way the luggage is handled at the airports by porters and handlers. Experts also point out that singling out specific countries ignores the fact that terrorist cells are spread throughout the world and that airlines provide connectivity indirectly via hubs. And in theory explosions can also take place in cargo areas and the chances of getting a bomb on a plane via baggage and into the hold are surely greater than on a person. It is a pity that even countries so technologically advanced like US and UK are finding easy and discriminatory solutions to problems and risks than to find a technological response. The measure would serve no purpose than to bother travellers, damage them financially and a blow to revenue of airlines.

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