It’s a small sign of solidarity with Turkish Airlines against a questionable electronics ban, but I will be flying on the carrier next month from Istanbul to Los Angeles even though it means I will be separated from my laptop for 14 hours.
This was no easy decision. The Los Angeles flight occurs during prime work hours for me so it is not like I’m just going without my laptop overnight–
Oh yeah, and I’m doing it in economy class.
Two reasons. First, I want to see what it is like to travel laptop free and how Turkish handles it. I will be traveling with a back-up laptop, which I suppose betrays some lack of confidence in this whole process, but that is more a function of wanting to not even risk the integrity of encrypted client data rather than of fear that my laptop will be stolen.
Two, it is some consolation that with a wireless keyboard and my iPhone 7 Plus with Wi-Fi, I will still be able to stay connected, just not as well as I’d like. I know I don’t need to get on a 14hr flight to try that, but it will serve as a good test case.
I cannot imagine watching movies or sleeping for the bulk of the flight so the question will be simple — will it be a productive flight or will I go stir crazy?
We will soon find out and you can bet I’ll be live tweeting from 35,000 feet.