U.S. travel ban: Airline computer-separation fears

In this Saturday, April 17, 2010, photo, a traveler from Malaysia uses his laptop computer at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands. International air travelers might soon rediscover magazines, paperbacks and playing cards. Airline passengers have become hooked on their laptops and tablets to get work done or just kill time during long flights. But U.S. aviation-security officials appear determined to ban large electronic devices in the cabin of flights from Europe. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

ANALYSIS/OPINION: What price security? American travelers are about to find out when they plan a trip to, say, Amsterdam – not Amman – and find they have to surrender all electronics except their smartphone before boarding a plane back to the U.S. While the U.S. Department of Homeland Security holds that although there have been no…