Hurrah the new airline carryon ban
The US and UK governments imposed a ban today against carrying electronic devices larger than a cell phone on flights originating in a number of specified countries. Most of the reporting and commentary seems to be about the underlying issue, apparently a fear of terrorism, and the uncomfortable implications of arriving with a carryon and being unable to carry it on.
But the idea is rather delicious isn't it? Imagine an entire plane full of people who are unable to open up a laptop to use it as an antisocial cue to a seatmate and an extraordinarily inefficient way, anyway, of getting business done. Even on the very first of those flights, passengers will turn to each other to grumble and moan about the ban. One will ask "How am I to get my work done?" The other might ask, "What kind of work do you do?"
Soon, in this back and forth, civility might gradually return to flight and to the world. People will get to know each other. New connections will be made. Anger at the reclining person in front of out will subside because it just won't matter anymore. People will disembark still taking with each other, writing down phone numbers, making promises to connect later in the week. Friendships will form across boundaries. The pleasures of peace will be the ongoing subject, not suspicion and the threat war.
Eventually, the airlines might even realize that providing the best social experience is to their benefit. Rows will be spaced better, seats will become wider, real food will be served. Why did't the government think of regulation earlier?