US Travel Association Executive Vice President for Public Affairs Jonathan Grella issued the following statement on the anticipated announcement of a ban on some electronic devices on flights to the US from Europe in addition to select flights from the Middle East and North Africa:
“If there is a legitimate terror threat, the flying public needs to take it seriously and adjust to the new protocols as best they can. Travelers have been through this kind of thing before and are more resilient than we often think—plus the consequences of a major attack on the transportation system hardly need to be repeated. Threats are ever-evolving, and so must we all be.
“Still, it is critical that the US government clearly communicate the details of this new policy and the reasons why it’s needed, continually reassess it to ensure it remains relevant and effective, and actively seek protocols that neutralize threats while minimizing disruption for legitimate business and leisure travelers.
“May travel always be safe and convenient as possible. Kudos to airlines for prioritizing security, but especially the ones who also are providing safe devices to passengers to mitigate inconvenience.”