Item/next action for review: go through your next actions and checklists to allow for the impact that the latest travel restrictions in the UK are going to have on those of us who travel internationally.
I often pass through the US en route to assignments ( 1 - 3 months or even more in duration) in Central America. I have no problem with the Dept of Homeland Security and other agencies, they're doing a good job - I write as a Brit.
The new ban in the UK on cabin luggage is draconian, but if that's what is deemed necessary in this war against terror, so be it.
My checklists etc have been compiled so that I can always start an assigment until any missing checked luggage catches up, as happened last month in a trip to Europe.
I am unhappy about the way previously cabin luggage items will travel in checked luggage: (a) luggage handling problems result from mistakes or crime, so no control there; (b) the impact on my work if the checked luggage goes astray (for whatever reason); (c) how will the aircraft ground crew get cabin luggage as well as checked luggage into the containers for the hold?
I think we need to start looking at solutions for those of us who have very good reasons for carrying important items of kit with us. Early suggestions on the BBC site include sending notebook/laptop etc by courier ahead of one's trip. I run a one-man independent management and commercial consultancy, so it looks like I will have to buy a second notebook; one would be sent by courier a few days before my departure, I would use the other for the remaining few days, then pack it into my checked luggage (lucky I bought a bigger hard shell case last year! Hint to others: hard shell is the optimum solution for checked luggage even though it is heavier).
I'd like to know what readers might think of the following idea which would allow passengers to take cabin luggage under the following conditions:
(1) Such passengers would have to check-in an hour earlier than current practice. Maybe we would have to apply in advance so that some security checks can made re background, previous trips etc
(2) Cabin items would be closely inspected. Items rejected would have to go with checked luggage (this is going to change packing lists, having to leave enough room in the checked case!).
(3) Approved items would go into passneger's cabin bag which in turn would be placed in a special locked numbered container with special label (cross-referenced to passport, ticket etc).
(4) These cabin bag containers would be retained by the airline until actual boarding. The containers could be placed by the door and opened as the passenger arrives at the actual aircraft door and produces receipt, ID etc. An alternative would be to place the containers on the passengers' seat, open them when the passenger arrives at his seat and then take the empty containers off the aircraft.
(5) Perhaps cabin luggage passengers will have to board first, and probably pay a fee for this service.
Anyway, this development makes a review of our checklists essential. The knock-on effects, even if the current measures are only to be with us for a short while. Apart from the fall-off in sales at airport shops, luggage manufacturers are going to have a look at their designs - will the current "soft" designs stand up to the stresses of travelling as checked luggage????
What do other interested readers think?