15 Aug Opportunities rise from travel chaos
Air travel got turned on its head again last week, as British authorities broke up a plot to smuggle explosives aboard U.S.-bound aircraft. For the vast majority of U.S. travelers, new regulations means more checked baggage, if only to be assured they have toothpaste and shampoo when they arrive at their destinations (I’m envisioning a new business opportunity in cosmetic kits sold at airport arrivals terminals). For the sake of security, we’ll all wait a little longer at baggage claim.
It could be worse; you could be traveling internationally. Anyone traveling through the U.K. faces the real pain: an overseas flight with no laptop, no reading material, nothing but edited-for-airlines movies. With many investigations still underway, it’s not likely that the British Aviation Authority (BAA) will lift the ban on carry-on luggage any time soon. That means business travelers face a tough choice: leave the laptop at home or place it in checked luggage.
That’s no kind of choice, and it leaves U.S. to U.K. travelers with only one option – take the data and leave the laptop at home. I hate to sound opportunistic, but this is a choice that has finally made a market for an array of ultra-portable disk drive and portable applications solutions, from the likes of U3 and Route1 (among other alumni DEMO companies), as well as Web-based applications of all types.
Having critical data or even applications on a drive in the sky won’t make air travel time any more productive, but it will make work possible after you touch down.
For those who choose to check their laptops, expect to see a barrage of ads for the latest, greatest computer cases.
The most useful travel tips, though, will come from the road warriors who read the DEMOletter blog. These tips from the new frontier will help fellow travelers make the best of a bad situation.
This weekend, I take off for my first international travel since the new rules were imposed last week. I’ll report from the road, and I ask you do the same. How are you making business travel tenable? What are you doing to transport your technology? Let’s fill this column with comments and get everyone through this current crisis.
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