Are Laptop Bans Really Effective?

Are Laptop Bans Really Effective?

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 582 , Segment 4

Episode: India and the US, Laptop Bans, Bone-Marrow Donation

  • Jun 27, 2017 11:00 pm
  • 20:24 mins

Guest: Sheldon Jacobson, PhD, Professor of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Airplane security seems to be a moving target: when officials got wind that terrorists were cooking up explosives made of liquids and gels, along came the 3 oz carry-on limit. Then came the attempted underwear and shoe bombers, so now we have to take off our shoes and get a full-body scan to check our underwear before boarding a flight. Laptops already have to come out and be turned on for scanning. Recently, the US banned laptops in the cabin of flights coming from 10 airports in the Middle East. That prohibition may soon extend to all international flights in and out of the US. Do these widening bans on carry-on items make us that much safer? Where does it end?

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