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Confusion reigns as experts question motive for U.S. electronics travel ban

Posted on March 29th, 2017 at 19:24 by John Sinteur in category: News


The U.S. decision to ban large electronic devices on American-bound flights from 10 international airports sparked confusion among observers Tuesday who were unsure about how to react to the confusing new rules.


Others aren’t so sure that security issues are the only forces at play. In short, “there might be some competitive questions here as well,” says Henry Farrell, an associate professor of political science at George Washington University in D.C.

In an interview with CBC’s On The Money Tuesday, Farrell said he can’t help but notice that the targeted airports are all the major hubs of three airlines based in the Persian Gulf: Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways.

Governments heavily subsidize the operations of all three, allowing them to offer better service at lower prices than other carriers. Which is why biggest three U.S. airlines — American, Delta and United — have lobbied the Trump administration to crack down on those practices which they call unfair.

“These airlines have been very, very nervous ever since Trump came into office that they may be in the target sights,” Farrell said. So this move could be nothing more than “the Trump administration is giving U.S. airlines a boost by knocking down their competitors.”

That’s because they all cater to high-end Western business travellers by giving access to Asia on luxurious planes via a hub-and-spoke system — and all their main hubs have just been made less desirable.

“If you’re a business class or first class passenger,” Farrel says, “you’re probably going to be quite worried” about not having access to your laptop during a 15-hour flight. “You’re very likely to choose a different airline.”

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  1. Just because we’re paranoid, doesn’t mean it’s true.

  2. “Just because we’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get us.” I forget who first said this.

AT&T Archives: The UNIX Operating System

Posted on March 29th, 2017 at 17:25 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Fascinating. Somewhere we still have the “Sex and Drugs and Unix” pin!