MARCH | #Elec­tron­ics­ban


March brought big news for trav­el­ers in the re­gion, af­ter the US and UK is­sued a set of carry-on re­stric­tions re­gard­ing air­line pas­sen­gers from eight dif­fer­ent Mid­dle Eastern coun­tries in­clud­ing Jor­dan, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emi­rates, Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt, Morocco, and Tur­key. The ban, which came in the af­ter­math of Pres­i­dent Trump’s in­fa­mous Mus­lim and was said to ap­ply to all elec­tronic de­vices that are larger in size than smart­phones, namely tablets, lap­tops, cam­eras and even potable gam­ing de­vices, sparked ma­jor up­roar among so­cial me­dia users (no­tably those di­rectly af­fected by it) who took to twit­ter to ex­press their in­dig­na­tion. Royal Jor­da­nian Air­lines, on the other hand, wit­tily re­sponded to the ban with a list of things to do on a 12-hour flight with no lap­top or tablet, gar­ner­ing mas­sive so­cial me­dia en­gage­ment and in­ter­na­tional press cover­age along the way.

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