So today the UK and the USA have announced bans on electronic devices that are not much larger than smartphones on certain airlines and flights. Even some larger smartphones may be affected. I appreciate that these measures are designed to thwart catastrophic terrorist attacks on aeroplanes and stopping these is a good thing. So why am I having a bit a whinge? As a former very frequent flyer. In some years between 1999 and 2014 I travelled on over 100 flights. 9/11 was a tragedy that started wholesale changes in airline travel that changed the way at all air travellers had to adapt to. These were updated every few years. It meant that frequent flyers had to change the way that they did things. It added time. These rules were there to protect air travellers. A good thing. The problem I have with this new rule is that it prevents work. On a five hour flight you can prepare presentations, speeches, read up on research and go through reports. The big thing here is that it is almost impossible for the office to get hold of you. On a longer flight you can even fit in a sleep. Even if work is out of the question or completed and sleep is hard to come by, then the iPad comes into its own. Books, music, movies even games are readily available. You see there isn’t a lot to do on an aeroplane. Using a laptop or an iPad can increase productivity but more importantly eliminates boredom. On the work front. I know several people who will find this difficult especially on longer flights between the Middle East and the USA and some I know are worried about how this will affect them. I hope they can find a workaround.
So what been happening recently with me, Court Capital Partners and more? As some as you may know I have had a few health issues on and off since 2010. Chest pains, eye problems and now problems with my ears and hearing. As more of you may know I have had for many years a healthy IT consultancy with a large number of clients based in mainland Europe. Over the past 2 months problems with my ears and almost constant earache which gets worse when flying have mean’t that I am now medically banned from flying and driving. Thats 60% of my business and income down the swanny 🙁 as I am effectively banned from business travel. Eurostar also causes problems because of the pressure when the train is underground. and that is not a good feeling. I am not however going to wallow. The doctors have so far been buckshee useless in getting it sorted and getting the pain under control. I am certainly soon to have a major argument with certain parts of the NHS. After an international career spanning 13 years, 900 flights, 2500 nights in hotel rooms, the odd speeding ticket and a pranged hire car or 3 I returned home from my last business trip for the foreseeable future on Friday night in agony after a lengthy journey from Luxembourg via train. A pretty sad but thought provoking event. So what am I doing about it? Well for a start I am putting my non-UK client list up for sale. I have decided to heavily develop Court Capital Partners and before we tail off for the Christmas break you can expect to see a few new things here. I am also looking for new business ventures and casting the net to see what is out there. I will be updating my personal blog here on an ad hoc basis. Also expect to see me doing more face to face networking than I have been over the past 3-4 years, if you feel there is an event worth attending please let me know. I’m looking forward to this new chapter in life and as they say as one door closes hopefully another one opens and I am going to try not to let it get me down.