Free WiFi and meditation as US-bound airlines grapple with laptop ban
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 15:29
It followed a similar move in the U.S. by President Trump, who has outlawed larger electronics from the cabin on flights to the United States originating from the following cities: Amman, Kuwait City, Cairo, Istanbul, Jeddah, Riyadh, Casablanca, Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Large electronic devices, including iPads, Kindles and some phones, as well as laptop computers, are no longer permitted in the cabin and will have to be checked into the hold on flights from Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
The electronics ban is causing a rash of complaints from travellers flying out of Istanbul's Ataturk airport, which has spent years building its position as an worldwide hub.
Royal Jordanian showcased its poetry skills through an original haiku on Twitter, urging people to travel to the USA while they can.
Some airline experts suggest that the electronics ban is actually more risky. Turkish said it had introduced a similar measure. "When we take away personal electronic devices from passengers, we are bowing to a potential threat rather than providing an acceptable security solution", said APEX CEO Joe Leader. We are now poets because of you son.
But Kessler said that he hopes an expanded ban on electronics is "not the route we go".
Royal Jordanian Air is poking fun at President Trump on social media over the recently imposed electronics ban on flights entering the US from Muslim-majority countries.
"Why the discrimination?" he said.
"Read a book. Say hello to the person next to you".
You can engage in primitive dialogue from the pre-internet era, says Royal Jordanian in a cheeky response to the United States laptop ban. The company staff has already searched all goods carried by airline personnel and passengers thoroughly.
Electronic device in checked luggage is considered safer, although, according to experts gate screening is more effective than cargo screening.
Commenting on the ban, Mark Shepherd, head of property, commercial and specialist lines at the Association of British Insurers (ABI), said: "Passengers travelling from the affected countries with laptops and tablets should check their policy and speak to their travel insurer to double check what cover they have for valuables placed in the hold". They were then to be handed back to passengers upon arrival.
So far, one flight to Canada is known to be affected.