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The Airline Laptop Ban: What You Need to Know Right Now2 min read

Laptop Ban on Airline Flights

Air travel to the United States soon could become much more inconvenient if an expected expansion of the ban on laptop computers goes into effect. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security are meeting to discuss banning all laptop computers and larger electronic devices from carry-on baggage for any flight departing from Europe to the United States.

Here’s what you need to know right now about the ban.

Terrorism Created the Need for a Laptop Ban

ISIS, al Qaeda, and other terrorist organizations are growing more sophisticated in the weapons they use. U.S. officials now believe that terrorists have figured out ways to plant explosives in laptop computers and other larger electronic devices that could be carried on to an airplane.

According to the FBI, these terrorist organizations have obtained airport security equipment that allows them to test their concealment methods. The FBI also believes that some of these explosives are able to make their way through commonly used airport security screeners.

Detonating these devices is more difficult to do remotely, so forcing travelers to store laptops and electronic devices in checked luggage instead of carry-on bags may help to reduce risks.

A Laptop Ban is Already in Effect in Some Places

There is already a similar ban in effect in 10 airports across eight countries. The proposed expansion would extend this ban to all of Europe.

Currently, travelers departing from the following airports to the United States must check laptops and electronic devices:

  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates
  • Doha, Qatar
  • Amman, Jordan
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Casablanca, Morocco
  • Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait City, Kuwait

The ban is also in effect for travelers flying non-stop to the United States on any of the following airlines: EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines), and Turkish Airlines.

The Expansion of the Ban is Likely

It seems likely that the ban will expand and potentially continue expanding as new threats are uncovered. In a statement given to The Daily Beast, the Department of Homeland Security said:

“No final decisions have been made on expanding the restriction on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins; however, it is under consideration. DHS continues to evaluate the threat environment and will make changes when necessary to keep air travelers safe.”

Last month, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a congressional committee that the threat behind the ban is “real and getting realer,” and added, “we may take measures in the not-too-distant future to expand the number of airports.”


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Posted by Lustige Bilder - May 11, 2017 at 21:23

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Exploring Europe by Rail: What You Need to Know

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European train travelTraveling by train through Europe is an enjoyable and economical alternative to flying from country to country. Not to mention, you’ll see some of the world’s most magnificent scenery right outside your window instead of 20,000 feet below. However, it’s not quite as simple as just buying a ticket and hopping on the next available train. You’ll need a carefully planned itinerary, an efficient packing strategy, and a sense of adventure.

If you decide to skip the airport in favor of the train for your next trip through Europe, here are some of the basics you should think through before embarking.

Buying Your Ticket

It’s important to spend some time reviewing your options for train tickets. The most popular is option is Eurail, which will help you save money in certain situations, but not all. You’ll need to decide which type of pass we’ll best suit your needs and plans. The options for Eurail are:

  • Global Pass: Global passes offer unlimited travel on all railways in Europe (United Kingdom excluded). This pass gives you access to 28 countries and is a great option for extended travel and longer stays.
  • Select Passes: Select passes are great if you want to explore regions in Europe, and are available for travel between two, three, or four countries.
  • One Country Pass: If you’re planning to stay within one country for your entire stay, the one-country pass is your best bet for access to regional and high speed trains that will take you from city to city.

First and Second Class Travel

You’ll also have to decide on first or second class travel if you’re 25 years old or younger (all adults over 26 years old must purchase a first class ticket). The amenities are a little better in first class, including Wi-Fi access, snacks and drinks, larger seats, and smaller crowds.

A Eurail pass offers other benefits beyond the train as well, including discounts on ferry routes, hotels, and museums.

Making the Most of the Night

You can save valuable time by traveling through Europe at night, but keep in mind that most night trains require a reservation at an additional cost. Most European trains have several options for sleeping: a private cabin (1st class), a couchette, which is a cabin that accommodates up to six people (2nd class), or a reclining seat (2nd class). If you reserve a cabin or couchette, pillows and blankets are provided for your comfort; if you opt for a reclining seat, which is similar to an airplane seat, bring your own pillow and blanket.

Dining Options on the Train

Most long-distance trains will have a dining car where you can purchase breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food is high quality but can be expensive. Trains traveling shorter durations will frequently have snack carts offering light fare. If you’re a particularly picky eater or on a budget, you may want to buy food at the station or in a local market before boarding the train.

 Pack Light

Finally, keep in mind that most Europeans travel light so space for your luggage will be limited on a train, especially if you’re traveling in 2nd class. You will have a little more room in 1st class, but generally still less space than you would on an airplane. Pack accordingly.

Traveling by train can be a great option in Europe since countries are relatively close together. You can have breakfast in Munich and dinner in Barcelona if you plan carefully, save the time you would spend in security lines at the airport, and see the continent from an entirely different perspective.

Image courtesy of Huffington Post.


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Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 4, 2016 at 22:01

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