The Brits are enforcing a no-carry-on rule through the weekend. It allows your passport, some medicines, and practically nothing else, in a clear plastic bag. It appears this applies to pockets as well. In the US, we’re not allowed any liquids on board, I guess until further notice
I think flying without liquids is a nuisance, as is having to check and wait for a bag even if it’s small enough to carry on, but a transatlantic or cross-country flight without a book, a laptop, or proper earphones and an iPod or something to play music on them, is a blood-chilling nightmare. Six hours listening to the “channels” in your armrest and reading the airline’s magazine? Yow.
The ban on electronics is probably overkill but understandable, but books? Magazines? A book is a low-tech object that can be X-rayed and riffled to confirm that it’s what it appears to be; a paperback without a hiding place between the spine and the jacket, all the more so. What’s up with that?