The electronics ban imposed this week is serious business and bound to have a painful impact on inflight productivity as well as airline profits. But you can always count on social media to find humor in the serious.
Below are some clever examples of how airlines and travelers trying to put a smile on this grimacing situation.
First off, we have Royal Jordanian’s list of things to do when you don’t have a tablet or laptop. Clever! But I’d add: Book a window seat to ponder clouds and the geography below!
— Royal Jordanian (@RoyalJordanian) March 23, 2017
Here’s one way a traveler can pass time… sketching about his or her experience
— Michael (@freetravelguys) March 23, 2017
Does anyone know if typewriters will be allowed in flight? At least it will give us something to do. But imagine the noise factor.
— Haisam Haidar (@HaisamHaidar) March 21, 2017
LG has found a way to use the ban to sell its products:
— LG Jordan (@LGJordan) March 23, 2017
Turkish Airways video focuses on its elaborate meal service and robust inflight entertainment as a diversion from the boredom of a long flight without a laptop.
— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) March 21, 2017
That Etch-a-Sketch looks too much like a fat tablet to pass muster… would probably have to pack that, too.
— Mr F (@FasciaX) March 21, 2017
Chicago reporter Miriam Sobh explores 5 ways the electronics ban is a good thing, starting out with fewer kids onboard flights and ending with cheaper flights:
Emirates has quickly responded to the ban with a new service that allows travelers to work on laptops up until boarding time, then packs them up and stows them at the gate. Smart move!
— Emirates airline (@emirates) March 23, 2017
Emirates was the first out with a clever response– it repurposed an old Jennifer Aniston ad asking “Who needs laptops anyway?” Makes me wonder if Aniston had a clause in her contract for the repurposing of the original ad… probably not!
Clever use of cartooning. Looks like me trying to write and post a Trip Report before I jump onboard.
— Bookmark (@PrintlessDista2) March 23, 2017
It’s probably unintentional, but Kuwait Airways’ new ad campaign focuses on packing your bags for summer trips. They can tweak it to add “pack your electronics,” too!
— Kuwait Airways (@KuwaitAirways) March 23, 2017
This Etihad tweet is a double entendre:
— Etihad Airways (@EtihadAirways) March 19, 2017
Have you found any good examples? Or have one of your own? Please share them below. Also go search social media using the #electronicsban hashtag.