Laptop ban: airline tells bored passengers to 'analyse life'

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The ban - which restricts passengers flying from a number of Arab countries and airlines from carrying certain devices on flights - is now being described as an anti-terrorism precautionary measure.

The national carriers of Saudi Arabia and Jordan said they are banning items such as laptops and tablets inside the cabin. They will have security staff to take the devices at the gate just before boarding the flight. The devices would be "carefully packed into boxes" and returned on arrival in the United States, it said.

This was not the first time that Arab airlines have launched unconventional marketing campaigns off the back of Trump's statements or agenda.

He added that the majority of Emirates' passengers - 90% - use their smartphones to connect to onboard WiFi connect. "Only 6% connect via their laptops, and 4% via their tablets".

"Very lame ad... you could easily offer people free Wi-Fi so they can use their smart phone meanwhile!" one person lamented on the company's Facebook page. These include saying "hello to the person next to you" and "analyse the meaning of life".

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The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has so far placed more emphasis on the job benefits of building jets for foreign carriers. With the new restrictions in place, Indians can now look forward to Emirates' services and Royal Jordanian's sense of humour as a substitute for their electronics. The ban that was made public on Monday applies to 10 airports from 8 Muslim nations.

Turkish Airlines Saturday have begun to implement regulations forbidding passengers from carrying electronic devices larger than cell phones aboard the plane, as announced on the airline's website on Friday.

The restriction was imposed on March 21. "But if such security measures become permanent, this could reduce Istanbul's appeal", said Esra Sirinel, a deputy research director at Is Investment and an airline specialist.

The US says it's because "terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation" and are attempting to put explosives into electronics.

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