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Aug. 14th, 2006

06:23 pm - Hand-crank-dynamo laptops?

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On foot of the fact that Dell has apparently just issued a recall for 4.1 million (explosion-prone?) laptop batteries, we were speculating on our work chat system about TSA restrictions. Once they go back (assuming they do go back) to letting people consistently bring laptops on the plane after the current, what about potentially explosive faulty batteries (either accidental or used intentionally somehow)? Are they going to allow you to bring your laptop on the plane, but require you to check the batteries? Are we going to end up with hand-crank-dynamo-powered laptops on the market? :)

This lead me to the thought:

OH $DEITY NO! EW! EW! EW!

It was suggested that, nope, no such thing would be allowed. You'd use seat outlet power or nothing. Tough luck to those in coach without such outlets available! Isn't that ripe for abuse (think sales of business/first) by the airlines? :)

Alternatively, not only "laptops must be taken out of bags", but also "batteries must be taken out of laptops and subjected to safety/recall notice check"! Nope, I can't see that much effort being feasible. More likely a ban on batteries. D'oh!

Current Mood: blahew

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From:anemone
Date:August 16th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
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American has seat outlets for all. They aren't in every row in coach, so you might have to ask the person in front of you or the person behind you to plug in, but I haven't ever seen more than one outlet in use.

Btw, I think the UK is allowing laptops on now.
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From:mavjop
Date:August 17th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
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Ahh... well, I guess maybe when I'm in coach on American next (probably December) I should try to find out where they are, as I do have a universal power supply that if I recall correctly does have the right plug for airline power outlets. I don't really know where to look on the plane for said outlets, though.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 17th, 2006 06:35 am (UTC)
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There's a little lightening bolt symbol by the seat numbers in every third row. The power outlet itself is between down low, kinda between teh seats, if I remember correctly. It's hard to find.
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From:mavjop
Date:August 17th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Oy. Talk about not making much effort.
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