Royal Jordanian airline suggests flyers 'talk to each other' during laptop ban

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The ban would exclude mobile phones and medical devices, Royal Jordanian said.

The security rationale for the British and U.S. ban on the use of electronic equipment on board aircraft has been questioned by Aviation specialists.

Middle East airlines scrambled to find ways to respond to a ban on electronics introduced this week.

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 US banned passengers traveling from several Muslim-majority nations from carrying portable electronics on board. "Travel to the U.S. since you can".

It is not the first time the airlines used commercials as a way to poke fun at Trump policies.

Emirates posted one of its famous advertisements featuring Hollywood superstar Jennifer Aniston on the airlines' social media accounts.

Broadcaster NTV showed laptops and tablets being carefully wrapped in bubble wrap by ground staff, amid passenger concern for their devices.

More than half of worldwide passengers at Turkish Airlines, which is 49 percent state-owned and serves 247 destinations outside Turkey, are transit customers who could instead travel through Europe or other hubs. As they prepare to board, the devices will be put into secure boxes and loaded separately onto the aircraft, be be returned after landing.

Beyond the humor, and the reminder that sometimes it can be nice to just sit back and relax on a flight, airlines have worked to minimize the impact of the electronic ban on passengers.

For companies reliant on transit passengers, such as Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways, the fear is that the ban will incentivize business travelers to change transit routes, so as to be able to circumvent the ban, Reuters reports. But that would carry its own security implications.

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