Why a travel ban might be good news

Ok, ok, ok… before all of you readers start thinking this is going to be another Trump rant or some super left leaning (or right leaning) political post, I encourage you to be open minded and read on.

The first travel ban that Trump issued via executive order was struck down by the courts, as was the second travel ban. Shortly after, the Trump administration issued an electronics ban, barring all electronics larger than a cell phone on board aircraft in the cabin. You were, of course, more than welcome to check your expensive electronics in the hold of the airplane, but you won’t find us doing that. No way, no how.

Emirates First Class Seat

Emirates First Class Seat

How this is definitely a bad thing

We wrote about the potential shenanigans earlier of the electronics travel ban, and if you didn’t read that, give it a browse. It’s interesting nonetheless to see the timeline of events.

Apparently the electronics ban HAS been having an effect on travelers, and most importantly business travelers. Anyone traveling for business who has sensitive information or even potentially confidential information, isn’t going to trust their equipment to the underbelly of an A380.

Economy travelers who look for the cheapest fare haven’t been deterred and prices have remained the same, but I’ve noticed a slight decrease in the cost of business class tickets to and from the affected countries and the affected airlines.

How this could be a good thing

We’re all about finding the cheapest option to fly in first and business class, and we will not stop flying on the big 3 middle eastern carriers. We love Emirates and will continue to fly on them. We love Etihad and will continue to fly on them. We had a great experience on Qatar and would not hesitate flying on them again. But, it will make me rethink my flying habits.

If there are less business travelers buying tickets on these airlines, then there will be open seats. When there are open seats, the paid cost will go down. And if there are still unsold seats, award availability should open up as well.

I don’t want to travel without my laptop, especially when we’re working on the blog. I’m envisioning our trips to be something like this:

USA-Anywhere on ME3
Anywhere-USA on Another Carrier

OR

Anywhere to USA via Milan/Athens on Emirates

For example, we might fly Seattle to Dubai to Hong Kong on Emirates, and then fly home from Hong Kong to the USA on Cathay Pacific. Flights on Emirates from Athens and Milan to New York City are not affected by the electronics ban as the do not come directly from those countries.

Athens Running Man

I’ve already seen a lot of first class space open on Emirates, and just today I searched for Etihad award space from New York to Abu Dhabi and it was wide open.

Big picture

Just to be clear, while I support taking actions to protect us against a potential act of terrorism, I do not support taking actions that are unfounded and not based in truth and instead on speculation. The Brits came up with an electronics ban, but decided not to implement it in the end. If they had the same information, what happened?

When we found bombs in shoes, we didn’t check our shoes. When we found potential explosives in liquids, we didn’t ban all liquids, we limited them.

If large electronics are a problem, subject them all to extra screening. Or, don’t… and keep the cost of the Middle East carriers business class tickets even lower. We won’t be complaining.

Has the electronics ban changed your travel habits?

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Author: Jon Nickel-D'Andrea

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6 Comments

  1. That’s an interesting perspective and probably right on the money. I wouldn’t mind a follow up piece about what you see happening if the electronics ban is widened to include Europe and or Asia.

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  2. I apologize, but that’s the stupidest thought. Its not like more seats open up, rather more flights will be cancelled. Compare to Emirates cancelling flights and frequencies to the USA. Those award seats went away with the plane itself. Now you are down to more and more passengers looking to grab those 4 seats out of that one flight which still flies between ME3 and USA.

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    • I don’t know if I am on board with that… there’s still Plenty of people who will want to fly, but now they’re going to be more price sensitive and sit in the back of the plane.

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  3. Because flying with ME3 is unpatriotic, it grows the number of unemployment in US homeland, it hinders the effort to transport soldiers and heroes of beloved USA. A reason has to be made, no matter how ridiculous it is. Off course that is sarcasm. The more realistic approach might be investors on US3 have also invested in political campaign of the current office holder. Its time to collect.

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  4. When we found bombs in our shoes, we had to take them off and put them through the x-ray machine at security checkpoint (Unless you are Pre-checked) and for the liquid ban, liquid will be banned completely if the intelligence comes out that sophisticated bomb can be build from just 3 x 3oz liquids. Remember that the terrorists are always thinking of a new way to take western civilization down. As for UK not enforcing the electronics ban, that’s up to each government to decide what to do with the information given but I’d rather be on the safer side than not. As my friend in the cyber security field always say, we have to be right 100% of the time, while the terrorists only have to be right once.

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    • Living in constant fear of a terrorist attack is not productive at all. Perhaps we should look into preventing other ways for people to avoid dying? That don’t involve the extreme remote risk of a plane blowing up?

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