By Kate Merrill, WBZ-TVBy Kate Merrill


BOSTON (CBS) – The Curtis family just spent five hours on a plane from California and this mother from Maine needed every trick in the bag

Amy Curtis says, “I had a DVD player and my phone and then snacks.”

Five-year-old Howie and seven-year-old Hilda had lots of distractions, five carry-ons worth.

Curtis says, “They each had a backpack and a carry-on and I had my bag.”

And carry-ons are a must for most, but a new report says a suspected Al Qaeda Christmas plot to blow up five planes in the UK could force a drastic change.

The NPR report cites several security experts who are reportedly considering a ban on all carry-ons, even electronics inside the cabin in the UK and here in the US.

Janine Gray is a business traveler and she says, “I think it would be very difficult. I’m a business traveler and I can’t imagine not taking my laptop.”

(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

WBZ-TV security expert Ed Davis says it’s a long shot, but the threats are real and extreme and sometimes so are the precautions needed.

Davis says, “It’s doubtful that would happen, the reality is it’s certainly something they think about. All security measures are a balance.”

For Amy Curtis, it would be a game changer; grounding her entire family at least until her children are older.

“I couldn’t imagine traveling with nothing, absolutely nothing, that would be torturous,” she says.

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