Gulf airlines comply with new USA electronics ban

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Royal Jordanian showcased its poetry skills through an original haiku on Twitter, urging people to travel to the US while they can.

The US ban affects around 50 flights per day from nine airlines: Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudia, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.

Some airlines in the Middle East said they are moving to comply with orders barring passengers from bringing large electronic devices in carry-on luggage on US-bound flights.

Gulf airlines have been battling against a campaign in Washington by USA carriers which accuse them of receiving unfair subsidies, charges they deny.

The indefinite USA ban targets 10 airports and nine airlines, including Turkish Airlines and the major Gulf carriers: Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways, as well as the Jordanian state airline, Royal Jordanian.

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.

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The airports in West Asia that are on the list of 10 airports identified by the Donald Trump administration for the ban are among those that are used frequently by Indians travelling to the U.S. or UK.

Royal Jordanian Airlines tweeted a poem mocking the series of controversial bans, courtesy the Donald Trump administration.

In addition to the risk of losing passengers and suffering a nosedive in client satisfaction, the impacted airlines will also have to bear the costs of checking in and screening more luggage, said experts. Those items can be stowed in checked baggage, however. Britain announced similar restrictions.

The national carriers of Saudi Arabia and Jordan said they are banning items such as laptops and tablets inside the cabin.

Turkish Airlines did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

He did, of course-and now the US Department of Homeland Security is instituting a ban on in-flight laptops and tablets for passengers traveling to the US on 56 routes from the Middle East and North Africa.

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