Proposed Laptop ban a catastrophe for parents says radio host

A security scan, annotated by the F.B.I., of a laptop containing a bomb that was detonated on a Daallo Airlines flight shortly after taking off from Mogadishu, Somalia, on Feb. 2, 2016.

On the way to the High Court, yesterday morning Cam and I were listening to The Sound 93.8 FM and the hosts were discussing the proposed laptop ban. We commented that the laptop ban was old news and that we were surprised the radio station was discussing it. When I wrote about it on Whaleoil I had focussed on the reasons for the proposed ban and provided the above photo to show how a laptop can be turned into a bomb by a terrorist. Whaleoil readers then discussed the merits of putting possible laptop bombs in the hold as opposed to the cabin and interesting debates took place. The radio hosts, however, concentrated on how taking away laptops (and apparently tablets as well) would make life impossible for parents with children on long flights.

The female host said that children of all ages would be terribly bored and have nothing to do if laptops and tablets were banned. She mentioned one mother whose son found that the screen on the back of the seat in front of him didn’t work ( oh the humanity!) and when she asked for him to be moved to a seat with a working screen she was told no. If her son had not been able to watch movies on his tablet it would have been a disaster ( apparently.)

I am under 50 and my entire childhood when I travelled I entertained myself or was entertained by my parents easily. They are called books people! Seriously when did the existence of books cease to be relevant? Laptops and tablets have not yet replaced books and parents have been using books to entertain children for a lot longer than laptops and tablets.


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