Royal Jordanian pokes fun at electronics ban, Emirates adds new service

By on March 24, 2017 | Spotlight

The recent ban by US and UK on carrying electronics larger than mobile phones on flights taking off from certain airports hasn’t gone down well with most travellers. The ban on US bound flights from the affected airports will come into effect tomorrow and would also affect passengers having connecting flights via those airports.

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Royal Jordanian is one of the airlines that will be significantly affected by the electronics ban and they decided to deal with it using some cheeky humour on Twitter.

They started with some poetry about the ban (also pointing at the travel ban implemented previously).

Followed by some (slightly quirky) suggestions on how travellers can deal with long flights without laptop or tablet. The list includes suggestions like appreciating the miracle of flight and pretending that tray table is a keyboard.

Followed by another suggestion.

Looks like Royal Jordanian is going to continue inducing some humour related to the electronics ban. The carrier previously poked fun at Donald Trump ahead of the US presidential election with message “Just in case he wins… Travel to the US while you are still allowed to” and then again after the travel ban was temporarily blocked.

Etihad on the other side hasn’t been that loud or cheeky. The carrier shared a YouTube video titled ‘Make Flying Great Again’ which highlights the services they offer onboard.

While Emirates started off promoting its in-flight entertainment while saying ‘Who needs tablets and laptops anyway?’ but soon after that, introduced a new service for affected passengers. The new service would allow the travellers to keep their laptops even after dropping the check-in luggage until just before boarding. The security staff will take the devices at gate before boarding, pack carefully into boxes and return to passengers at the destination. This service is free of cost.

As the electronics ban kicks in, expect more airlines to adopt measures to make it comfortable for travellers to part with their devices. Recent news reports suggest that after US and UK, Canada is also expected to implement a similar ban.


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