Security is an important issue in the airline industry, and has been a particularly important issue since 2001. Airlines have implemented a number of changes to tighten up security in airports and on flights. The changes have proved to be an inconvenience that most people are largely willing to put up with in order to fly. Not that there is much of a choice, of course.
One of the areas where security will soon change is with electronics use. Recently, The Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration announced new rules which prohibit passengers from brining large electronic devices in their cabin baggage. Such devices will have to be kept in checked baggage once the rules go into effect.
Large electronic devices include anything larger than a cell phone or smart phone, except medical devices deemed to be necessary. Even the latter must be checked by security, though. The rules affect a total of ten airports in eight predominantly Muslim countries. Roughly 50 flights per day will be impacted. All passengers are required to comply, regardless of nationality. The rules are largely a response to concerns about terrorist activity over the last couple years, particularly attacks involving the use of electronic devices.
Providing a safe environment for passengers should certainly be a top priority for all commercial airlines. The threat of terrorism is one particular threat passengers can face on flights, but there are other threats as well, including sexual harassment and assault, as well as other violent or otherwise criminal activity.
In our next post, we say a bit more about this topic and how passengers can work with an experienced attorney to seek damages from parties responsible for contributing to security breaches on commercial flights.