Gulf airlines comply with new USA electronics ban
- Author: Terrell Bush Mar 26, 2017,
Mar 26, 2017, 0:25
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the United States and UK to lift the bans as soon as possible.
With the new restrictions in place, Indians can now look forward to Emirates' services and Royal Jordanian's sense of humour as a substitute for their electronics.
While it mentions obvious options like "read a book" or 'enjoy a light snack, ' there are others in the list that will leave you in stitches.
The US ban affects nine airlines from mostly Muslim countries, and these airlines have been given until Saturday to comply.
Royal Jordanian air flies from Jordan, a Muslim-majority country, to New York, Chicago and Detroit. However, he also refused to detail the reasoning for the ban apart from what the USA characterized as "evaluated intelligence" or the rationale for allowing devices such as a laptop computer in the cargo holds of the airplanes in question.
The UK followed suit, saying it too would immediately impose similar device restrictions, but it added flights from Tunisia and Lebanon to its list, and excluded those from the UAE, Kuwait and Qatar.
Royal Jordanian Air is poking fun at President Trump on social media over the recently imposed electronics ban on flights entering the USA from Muslim-majority countries.
Turkish Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said Ankara had taken the issue to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) where it would make the necessary arguments against the ban, state-run news agency Anadolu reported.
Dubai-based Emirates, the world's biggest long-haul carrier, said it hasn't received "any notification of changes to cabin luggage restrictions on U.S. flights".
Slightly more controversially, the airline also says passengers could "reclaim territory on an armrest" or spend the flight "thinking of reasons why you don't have a laptop or tablet with you". The airline later deleted the tweet because Washington hadn't announced the ban at the time. With these developments, the THY is planning to give tablets to business and economy passengers on long flights.