As many travel-savvy US residents probably read last week, it appears that the "laptop ban" will be expanding from select airports in middle-eastern cities to include airports across Europe. I have yet to see anything official about the airports, items banned, etc., but I wanted to create this thread to start getting an idea of what options we may have for traveling to and from Europe (because honestly, who the hell goes to Europe on a vacation and doesn't bring a camera with them to document the trip?). My wife and I will be taking a trip just over a week long to Switzerland and Germany in just under a month. My initial plan was to bring my newly purchased LowePro ProTactic 450 backpack with me as my carry-on bag. It would contain all of my camera equipment, my laptop, and my SSD. After traveling to London a few years ago and taking a bunch of photo gear, I realized just how painful it was to use the hotel-provided computers to transfer photos from my SD cards on to my external drive. So I figured I'll bring my 13" rMBP with me, and just do it from the convenience of our hotel room. Well, this whole electronics ban has thrown a monkey wrench in to my plans... Photo backup. Initially, I had planned on using my rMBP & SSD to move all the files from my SD cards on to my SSD, but now I'm not certain it'll be worth the hassle to bring my computer with me. I have started to look at WD's My Passport Wireless Pro, and it seems that it could be a viable option. I could simply plug the SD cards in, have it transfer, and check to see that the files were successfully transferred using the WD My Cloud App. I'm thinking this would be a good option, but I'm curious as to whether or not anyone has used this before, and if so, how you felt it worked? Bringing a camera. If the ban really does include cameras, I'm not too certain what my plan will be. Our trip over consists of two transfers, as does our return leg. Hell, I wouldn't want to stick my camera gear in checked luggage for a direct flight, let alone hoping it'll make both connections over, and both connections back without getting lost. Even if I could/would carry all of my lenses in my carry-on, I'd still be checking ~$3,000 worth of cameras (E-M1 II & E-M5 II). What do you recommend we do if cameras are included in the electronics ban? I certainly appreciate any and all feedback/suggestions/options people care to share. As summer approaches, I'm sure there are many of us who have vacations planned, and this could make traveling a huge headache. On a related note, just what the hell does sticking items that may contain a bomb down in the cargo area do to increase safety over having them in the cabin? What, would they all of a sudden not be able to detonate the device if it were down in the cargo hold? Also, where's all the concern about sticking Lithium Ion batteries down in cargo? Were airlines all freaking about that all Li-Ion batteries must be in carry-on luggage, but now all of a sudden it's OK to stick a bunch of them down in cargo? This really doesn't make any sense to me, and it's a huge inconvenience to a number of travelers, both business and please.