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Travel Bans Could Generate New Market Opportunities

Amid rumors that the Australian government could soon follow in the steps of the US and UK by enacting a travel ban, IDC analyst Bilal Javed has suggested that such a travel ban could result in unexpected but-not-entirely negative impacts on the market.

Speaking to ChannelNews, he says that  “I don’t think it will have a negative impact on the market. If anything, it could have a positive one.”

“In terms of shipments and in terms of affecting sales, I don’t think it’s going to affect it because people still need to get work done.”

However, he says that “you could argue the case that it could drive shipments in other countries.”

Javed describes a scenario where an airline or carrier could rent a laptop to frequent flyers – pulling the customer’s necessary data and applications over to the device using a cloud-based storage service.

Earlier in the week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull telegraphed that the government would be considering such a ban.

“We are taking into account all of the information and advice we’re receiving internationally and we’re working very closely with our partners,” Turnbull said (via the ABC).

However, the government has been silent on the matter since then. Potentially because, as reported by Traveller, the Australian government may be required to review existing legislation that prohibits lithium batteries from aircraft luggage and cargo holds, and potentially amend or withdraw it before proceeding with a ban.

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