Royal Jordanian airline gives cheeky tips to cope with USA electronics ban

Royal Jordanian has a few ideas.

Royal Jordanian, one of the airlines affected by new restrictions on electronic devices bigger than mobile phones on direct flights to the U.S. and United Kingdom, has released a tongue-in-cheek list of in-flight alternatives to staring at a screen. Travel to the US since you can.

It also tweeted out a list of things passengers can do without a laptop or tablet, including appreciating the "miracle of flight", wrestle for territory on the armrest, and think about the meaning of life.

"We kindly inform our passengers departing to and arriving from the United States that carrying any electronic or electrical device onboard the flight cabins is strictly prohibited", the airline announced.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

From 25 March, electronic devices such as laptops and tablets, must be placed in checked-in baggage on flights to the U.S. or UK. On Sept. 23, 2011, THY became the first airline in the world to provide live television service on intercontinental flights on their B777-300ER aircraft. Travellers can also lose precious work time without access to laptops on long-haul flights. By APEX load-factor calculations, this translates into more than three million affected airline passengers per year.

Others have made sharper reactions to the us ban.

The foreign ministry's head of European affairs, Mohamed Mezghani, told ambassador Louise de Sousa that Tunisia was "surprised" it had not been told about the ban before it was announced. The devices would be "carefully packed into boxes" and returned on arrival in the United States, it said. "A 10 hour business class flight is a working day for me".

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, a United Arab Emirates-based columnist, said the ban is a pretext to stifle competition from Gulf airlines, and to "encourage USA bound passengers to fly on American carriers".

  • Zachary Reyes