No laptop on board? Jordan airline gives light hearted tips

U.S. ban started March 21, while Britain announced similar restrictions.

March 24, 2017
The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press

AMMAN, Jordan—Say hello to the person next to you. Reclaim territory on the armrest. Think of the reasons why you don’t have a laptop or tablet with you.

This is some of the light-hearted advice dispensed by Royal Jordanian on social media, a day before the carrier is to enforce a new U.S. ban on most onboard electronics on U.S.-bound flights from 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries.

Royal Jordanian flies to New York, Chicago and Detroit.

The U.S. ban took effect March 21, with a Saturday morning deadline for compliance. Britain announced similar restrictions.

Earlier this week, Royal Jordanian was among the first to announce the U.S. was banning most electronics, including laptops, on board certain flights. The airline later deleted the tweet because Washington hadn’t announced the ban at the time.

Since then, the carrier has been trying to cheer up passengers and potential customers with humorous Twitter messages.

It posted a list of “12 things to do on a 12-hour flight with no laptop or tablet.”

In another post, it took up rhyming, with a five-line poem that begins: “Every week a new ban. Travel to the U.S. since you can.” It promises that “No one can ruin our in-flight fun.”

But there’s a serious side to the restrictions, including the potential for theft, damage or compromised data if laptops are checked with luggage. Travellers can also lose precious work time without access to laptops on long-haul flights.

12 things to do on a 12-hour flight with no laptop or tablet:

  1. read a book
  2. enjoy a light snack
  3. say hello to the person next to you
  4. meditate
  5. spend an hour deciding what to watch
  6. appreciate the miracle of flight
  7. engage in primitive dialogue from the pre-internet era
  8. reclaim territory on armrest
  9. pretend tray table is a keyboard
  10. shop till you drop from the onboard duty free
  11. analyze the meaning of life
  12. think of reasons why you don’t have a laptop or tablet with you