Business travelers have gotten pretty complacent about travelling with their electronics. Need to finish that important presentation? No problem, there is power and probably even Wi-Fi on the plane. Want a friend or an Uber to pick you up at the airport? No drama, just take your phone off airplane mode as soon as you land and your ride will be awaiting. Those golden days may be ending.

While it’s unlikely that we will be forced to fly naked anytime soon, and that is indeed a horrible image when applied to most business-class cabins, things are changing in important ways. The recent ban on anything larger than a cell phone aboard flights from certain countries may be just the beginning.

Laptops and DVD players have always worried security experts because they have enough space to contain some pretty serious explosives.

Security screeners used to make you turn them on, holding up the lines while your sluggish Windows XP booted.

Laptops still get poked and swabbed quite often, much more than other items of hand luggage.

Numerous experts, including security guru Bruce Schneier, have called the new electronics ban illogical, pointing out that would-be terrorists can simply jump on a plane in a country that’s not on the list. This is why it might well be expanded. Another reason for banning laptops is logistical – it would speed up airport screening considerably.

There is an economic benefit to the airlines, too. Many are ordering planes without seatback screens since people are bringing their own laptops or tablets anyway. Not only do you get to watch what you want, usually for free, the quality and resolution of many consumer devices far exceeds those aircraft screens, which are not updated often.

Dumping the entertainment system also saves money – about $10,000 per screen – which could mean

$3 million per aircraft. Those things weigh about 13 pounds, and lighter planes mean less fuel consumption and more profits.

What will happen if security officials ban our devices? It could be a real boon to the airlines, who can offer pre-sanitized devices for rent. Westjet, for example, will currently rent you one of their tablets for $8.99 to $10.34 per flight, plus tax.

Let’s do the math. The brand new Apple iPad has just rolled out at $329 US (around

$440 CAD). If you bought a whole bunch of them, I’m sure the price would come down to no more than $300 CAD each. So, rent the thing out 30 times to tech-deprived passengers and it has paid for itself, then keep earning revenue. Oh yes, if those passengers want the Internet – that will be an extra charge on the credit card.

There’s another aspect to travelling with technology that relates to crossing borders.

When you enter that “no man’s land” between countries, you implicitly consent to some rigorous scrutiny. In most civilized countries, a police officer who wanted to stop you on the street and paw through your smartphone would need probable cause and a warrant. At the border, it’s often “Hand it over, please.”

According to a recent New York Times report, U.S. citizen “Haisam Elsharkawi was about to travel from Los Angeles to Saudi Arabia” when “officers from the United States Customs and Border Protection repeatedly pressured him to unlock his cell phone so that they could scroll through his contacts, photos, apps and social media accounts.” They threatened to seize the phone if he refused. He let them have a look, and they examined it for 15 minutes.

It turns out the U.S. border agents do not have the right to make you unlock your phone, but they can make your life very uncomfortable. For example, they could cause you to miss connecting flights, and even seize the phone and keep it for several weeks. There is also talk about compelling some people to give up their social media passwords as part of immigration screening process.

As a further complication to all this, trying the “Oh, darn, I forgot my password” argument probably won’t work in the U.S. According to a recent article in The Register, “The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a lower court ruling of contempt against an ex-cop who claimed he couldn’t remember the password to decrypt his computer’s hard drives.”

So, it’s time to re-think travelling with technology. Aforementioned security expert Schenier wrote a fine and very technical piece in The Guardian back in 2008 called “Taking your laptop into the US? Be sure to hide all your data first.” It advocates things such as full disk encryption and hidden partitions and is well worth a read.

While I rarely disagree with Bruce, I’d like to update his advice for 2017. My best suggestion is that you simply leave your laptop home. If you work for a multinational company, have them give you a computer at your destination. Or rent one. If you’re going on vacation, take a data holiday. Your smartphone is probably a pretty good replacement that will allow you to

answer urgent emails, watch videos (consider a projector accessory) and read e-books.

That smartphone could use some attention, too. If you have ever brought your phone in for repair and received a loaner phone, you may have noticed how easy it is to move all your contacts, photos, etc., to a new phone. The kid in the store probably did this is 15 minutes. You can, too. If you’re willing to play ball with Google, and enable backup

to your Google storage, it’s actually a quick no-brainer.

So, before travelling across borders, make your phone as clean as the driven snow with a full factory reset. When you’re safely in your hotel or remote office, just log on and reload the contents. Reverse the process prior to your return trip.

There is also this amazing old technology called books, magazines and newspapers. They may weigh a bit more than your electronics, but they never run out of power, and they make, I am told, excellent in-flight entertainment.

Dr. Tom Keenan (@drfuture) is an award winning journalist, public speaker, professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, Research Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and author of the best-selling book, Technocreep: The Surrender of Privacy and the Capitalization of Intimacy