Homeland Security

The Laptop Ban: Costs, Benefits and Risks

By Paul Rosenzweig
Friday, June 2, 2017, 8:53 AM

My friend and Heritage colleague, David Inserra, has just released a paper entitled "Considering the Laptop Ban: Risks, Costs, Benefits, and Alternatives." For anyone interested in the issue, it is worth a read. Here is the abstract:

Regarding a potential “laptop ban” in aircraft cabins, DHS should set policy based on adequate risk assessments that consider the costs, benefits, and alternatives of this proposal. While there is classified intelligence suggesting a new threat to airplanes, responsible policymakers should acknowledge in advance what effect a proposed policy would have on threat, vulnerability, and consequence in order to avert unintended consequences and second-order effects.