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Survey on putting electronics in checked airline baggage
Lauren Weinstein <lauren@vortex.com>
Fri, 11 Aug 2006 21:06:54 -0700

[ Please distribute widely, as considered appropriate ]

I'm conducting a little unscientific survey on whether or not airline
passengers are willing to place their expensive or important
electronic equipment in airline checked baggage (whether "locked" or
not, but on most flights unlocked will be required), and how this
would affect their flying patterns.

With the above as preface, there are three questions:

1) Are you willing to place all of your significant electronic equipment
(including laptop or other computers, cellphones, DVD players, iPods,
etc.) in checked baggage for airline flights?

2) If you are required to place such electronic equipment in checked
baggage, would it have a significant negative impact on your willingness
to fly?

3) Do you mainly fly for business or pleasure?

I will only publish aggregated statistics from this survey, unless
individual persons specifically note that their responses may be
released publicly.

To participate in the survey, please e-mail a note (or simply
forward this message) with your responses to:


Only a one word reply is necessary to each of the questions
unless you wish to add comments, which are invited.

Thanks very much.

Lauren Weinstein
lauren@vortex.com or lauren@pfir.org
Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800
Co-Founder, PFIR
- People For Internet Responsibility - http://www.pfir.org
Co-Founder, IOIC
- International Open Internet Coalition - http://www.ioic.net
Moderator, PRIVACY Forum - http://www.vortex.com
Member, ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
Lauren's Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com
DayThink: http://daythink.vortex.com


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 13th, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)
Thanks for the survey, Stef. I found it through a link from joedecker.

Here is my comment:
I would want to know that there is SECURITY to prevent theft of computer equipment by baggage handlers. I want there to be monitoring, and metal detectors, and bonding of employees and whatever else is needed to protect our property from theft. I want there to be exit security at the baggage claims, to verify matching of bags and claim tags.
Aug. 14th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
In addition to security concerns, I'm concerned about damage to my electronic equipment.
Aug. 14th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
I had a mixed response at my house - Tony would leave all personal electronics home and take his employer issued laptop. He travels extensively for business. Sandi would not travel period if she has to check electronic stuff. She travels some for business and that's likely to increase as she starts a business. I don't much care as I have very little in the way of electronics that I would travel with anyway and I don't travel for business.
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