I'm currently visiting the Dillistone office in Sydney, Australia. At the weekend I fly to London in a trip which - when factoring in the stopover - will take the best part of a day.
I do this trip once a year and tend to get a lot of work done while in the air. Many of the airlines now have WiFi on board, so it's easy to stay in touch and productive.
Recent news about laptop bans on certain routes have the potential to change all that. This Bloomberg article talks about some of the ramification of the ban. In short, there is a feeling that the Middle Eastern airlines that carry so many business travellers between the East and the West are going to face a significant negative impact if the ban is maintained. Business travellers like to be productive in the air, and there are plenty of airlines that are not affected by the ban. It seems reasonable to assume that many flyers will switch to laptop-friendly airlines.
I was particularly interested in the quote at the end of the article. Apparently, Emirates are actively looking at providing laptops to flyers directly to mitigate the impact of the ban. The laptops will be securely maintained and given out on board. This makes sense in many ways - but it will only help flyers be productive if they have access to the software and tools they need to be productive. It seems reasonable to assume that these laptops will not allow the downloading of specialist software... meaning that if flyers want to be productive in the clouds, they will need true Cloud, browser based technology.
Such as FileFinder Anywhere.
Mideast carriers are already contemplating strategies for further minimizing the impact of the ban, with Emirates President Tim Clark telling Bloomberg the company may explore the possibility of handing out U.S.-approved loaner laptops after takeoff.