Royal Jordanian Airlines is putting a positive spin on new restrictions imposed by American authorities barring passengers flying on the carrier to the United States from carrying electronic devices.
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The ban, which also affects eight other airlines based in the Middle East and North Africa, includes tablets, portable DVD players, laptops, printers and scanners, e-readers, gaming devices and cameras.
The Jordanian airline responded with a somewhat tongue-in-cheek post on social media that highlighted 12 other pleasures that passengers could partake of on their 12-hour flight to the United States, ranging from reading a book to thinking "of reasons why you don't have a laptop or tablet with you."
The other airlines subject to the U.S. ban are Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways. Israelis flying to the United States on Turkish Airlines or Royal Jordanian via Istanbul and Amman will therefore also be affected by the new policy.
But as noted on the Foreign Policy website, the American restrictions do not affect Pakistan, from which terrorists have travelled to other countries. "So Pakistan International Airlines subtly taunted Royal Jordanian with a social media push of its own," Foreign Policy noted. The Pakistan-based carrier posted a picture on Facebook of a tablet computer and the comment: "Did you know? You can carry your laptop/tablets onboard US bound #PIA flights."
British authorities imposed a similar ban on carry-ons applying to 14 airlines, but it does not include Pakistan International Airlines either. The United States and Britain announced the restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming designated airports in response to unspecified security threats. Instead, such items must be in checked baggage.
With reporting by Reuters.