The extreme scrutiny imposed in most airports in the world, in the light of the global terrorist threat, is taking further dimensions to encompass many new aspects of security measure that will make flying a much more tense activity then it used to be.
Latest Travel Ban
The president of the United States of America has ordered recently to issue a travel ban from six different Muslim-majority countries and has cause a major uproar according to domestic and international opinions.
Several airplane companies have followed the lead of the Republican real estate giant, in taking provocative measures, as they banned laptops and any electronic devices to be taken on board that exceed the size of a phone to passengers boarding from North Africa and the Middle East.
Now, the initiative is broadening to encompass the same measures being applied to the closest ally of the United States of America, namely the United Kingdom of Britain.
Middle Eastern advantage
“It doesn’t match a conventional threat model. If you assume the attacker is interested in turning a laptop into a bomb, it would work just as well in the cargo hold” a critique to the initiative put down by Nicholas Weaver, researcher at the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.
The new security measure have created an economic disadvantage for American airline companies, that have to follow the new protocols, for the favor of other companies, especially Middle Eastern ones.
The Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways have been playing on this notion to attract the customers that seek to use their electronic gadgets on the airplane, especially on long-distance flights.
They even have started now to make electronic tablets available on their carriers for passenger to be able to use them instead of taking their own on board.