The US has banned electronic devices on flights from eight majority-Muslim countries.
While acknowledging the effects of such ban on their businesses, some of the affected airlines tried to seize the disadvantage in highlighting their own entertainment systems, which can be a good replacement to using the banned devices on board of the flights. To many United States competitors, this reality gave such companies unfair advantages, allowing them to offer better quality services without charging much more for their tickets. Those items can be stowed in checked baggage, however.
Royal Jordanian airlines said in a statement earlier in the week that a flight from Amman, Jordan, to Montreal will be under the ban because the flight is combined with one to Detroit.
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But don't worry, because Royal Jordanian Airlines, cynically sensing a marketing opportunity, has come up with a list of 12 things travellers can do on a flight instead, now that they can't busy themselves with their laptops. Despite this and all other security measures, we were shocked when we saw Atatürk Airport was on the ban list. Some in Turkey say the new restriction could undermine the Turkish aviation industry. Officials said that the ban has no end date.
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Passengers will need to place affected devices into hold luggage.
He called the policy "a little ill-conceived" as it leaves open the possibility of using connecting flights to bring electronic devices into the cabins of US-bound flights.
"Our decision to implement additional security procedures at selected airports was based on our assessment of the threat environment and our mission to protect air travelers from the threat of terrorism", he added.
Get a TSA-approved lock to prevent theft Travelers on USA flights are not allowed to use just any lock on their luggage anymore. Numerous people flying from these airports to the USA are traveling for business, and access to some of their professional technology is crucial.
USA airlines have for years sought restrictions on the rights of Gulf carriers to fly to the United States, claiming that they have received unfair subsidies from their governments.