One of the big news items of the past week has been the attempted terrorist bombing of a Detroit-bound plane and the subsequent security restrictions on air travel. Right now, we're in a transition from a period where many travelers brought only carry-on baggage to now when, for the time being, we can't carry anything on. Yes, I know that these rules are only for U.S.-bound passengers for the moment, but I have a sneaking suspicion that even in Canada we're going to see some new rules come into effect shortly. So, if you need technology for work, play, vacation, etc. what's the best thing to do to travel with tech?
I'm not for a moment going to claim expertise or inside information, I'm going on gut feel (and lots of years of traveling) here. Essentially, you're going to have to plan to ship your tech ahead of you or carry your tech with you, sans bag, onto the plane. The watch word is going to be travel light and travel tight. Check your tech with your bags you wonder? Yeah, even with locks, which would have to be TSA approved therefore able to be opened post check-in, I'm sorry to say that low-paid baggage handlers are going to be pretty tempted to pilfer tech from bags for profit. The airlines? Yeah they claim no responsibility. The airports? Not much better.
Cameras are going to be not too bad, assuming you're not bringing much gear with you, because you'll have a strap. Laptops are an other matter. I'd like to think that a simple sleeve with a strap might be allowed, but I kinda doubt it. So be ready to hold fast to that laptop, book, and iPod (I'm recommending sport coats with lots of pockets for the upcoming travel season).
How long will this no carry-on silliness last? Hopefully not long. The consumer complaints and cabin chaos are going to get pretty crazy I think. Can you imagine a 747 full of people trying to gather all their stuff in their hands on and off a plane?
Traveling with tech, for the time being, don't bring it, ship it ahead, or bring only the minimum you need. Since you will have to check some of your tech essentials, look into insurance for things "lost" or damaged in transit.
Now we can only hope that technology will help us allow us to carry bags again and still feel safe in the air.
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