Government and Airlines helping to Disrupt Business Travel

I think the government and airlines are working together to accelerate disruptive innovation that will upend the business travel industry.

Now, not only is business travel expensive, uncomfortable and time consuming, but the US Government has added concerns about border controls and is now considering disallowing use of laptops and tablets on board international flights into the US from Europe (and has already done so from other countries). In fact they may require them to be checked. I don’t know about you, but most companies have a policy that laptops should stay on your person at all times, so they don’t get stolen and information possibly lost (whether encrypted or not).

At the same time airlines are working hard to make air travel miserable, eliminating meals, seat space and civility. We’ve all seen the video of bloodied passengers being dragged off United, or family members threatened with jail and thrown off a Delta flight despite paid seats.

Meanwhile there has been an increasing trend toward virtual meetings, either voice or video, or even no meetings at all.

It looks like this will all come together in one big disruption, sooner than expected.