Hereâ€™s a guess at some probable local implications arising from a global event â€“ the recent terror threat on UK-US flights have resulted in severe restrictions on carry-on hand luggage namely: no note-book computers, books, papers, phones, cameras etc will be allowed on board.
QANTAS under the veil of â€˜ensuring passenger safetyâ€™ move to implement similar restrictions on their flights.
They already have the Commonwealth domestic market out of Canberra stitched up so they have a fair idea that if it will take off anywhere, it will work here where a bucket-load of travel will be undertaken by PS types whoâ€™re already buying full-fare flights â€¦
So hereâ€™s the rub: you have to check-in your note-book, mobile phone, important papers etc. but QANTAS can in no way guarantee their condition upon arrival at your destination â€“ unless â€¦ you pop them into one of their nifty little oyster cases available for the reasonable fee of say $50. Of course you canâ€™t bring your own â€“ they havenâ€™t been â€˜authorisedâ€™ by the appropriate security people at QANTAS. Naturally if youâ€™re paying the â€˜rack rateâ€™ (ie. Commonwealth PS types) the â€˜service is thrown in for free â€¦ but for the price sensitive private sector thatâ€™s always looking to shave a dollar here or there itâ€™ll be pay to playâ€¦
So your choice: take the gamble on picking up a workable note-book at the other end or just a bunch of broken bits â€¦ or pay the fee. Iâ€™d offer to slap $100 on a bar somewhere to the edification of my detractors as punishment for being wrong on this â€¦ If I wasnâ€™t so sure about losing the bet.