Laptop Bans Will Soon Be Lifted: How were DJs and Frequent Travelers Affected?

A recent ban that prohibited laptops and larger electronics on certain flights is expected to be over soon. This may be good news for many working professionals who travel frequently, including busy DJs. Originally set in place in March, laptop bans affected flights coming from 10 different airports in countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including Dubai International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports for international travel.

The bans were originally put in place to protect against the threat of explosive devices that can potentially be embedded within large electronics. Basically, anything larger than a smartphone was restricted from the cabin. European and U.S. officials told Reuters that airlines had 21 days from June 28 to put in place increased explosive trace detection screening and 120 days to comply with other security measures, including enhanced screening of airline passengers.

While all bans are said to be ending soon, the cost of the ban overall is still in question. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in May that the ban would impact revenues and profits for both for U.S. and European carriers. The annual $1.1 billion cost estimate from IATA includes the loss of productive time in the sky for business travelers and longer travel times. It was also feared that new security measures like this could create logistical disruptions, delayed flights and higher airline ticket costs.

Security is first priority, and so it’s understood why travel bans would be put in place. But for the career of a traveling DJ to be successful, a laptop (or two) is essential. Many DJs avoid checking luggage altogether so there is no question that their luggage will get to the final destination safely and on time. As you can see in this article by Mass Appeal, some DJs find the laptop ban to be troubling. Arriving to a gig without a laptop could not only compromise a DJ’s performance caliber, but could potentially cost them money as well.

Overall, it’s great news that the travel bans are being lifted, and also that more sophisticated security measures are replacing existing ones. The question remains whether it’s best to have a zero-tolerance approach and create bans similar to the laptop ban? Or should the livelihood and general comfort of customers be taken into consideration by avoiding bans like these? We want to hear your thoughts!


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