Royal Jordanian will no longer permit electronics in the cabin on its flights to the United States. The new policy was stated on the company’s Twitter account Monday afternoon and takes effect on Tuesday. And it is absolutely bizarre.
UPDATE: As many as 13 countries may be affected by this new policy; details are evolving.
The company cites “instructions from the concerned US departments” as driving the move, one which excludes only cell phones and medical devices needed during the flight. Laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games are explicitly listed as items to be “carried in the checked baggage only.”
Attention all passengers ? pic.twitter.com/VjN58EbJkJ
— Royal Jordanian (@RoyalJordanian) March 20, 2017
The first flight affected by this policy will be the carrier’s flight to New York’s JFK airport on Tuesday leaving Amman at 10:05a local time. Passengers have only 15 hours to adjust to the new rules.
And by “adjust” I mostly mean find a different airline to travel with that doesn’t have such a ridiculous set of rules. Airlines will not assume liability for electronics in checked bags and even if they did the impact of having them “lost” or broken during a trip is far greater than just the cash value of the replacement. On the plus side, I do suppose this means fewer things for inbound passengers to have to surrender to legally questionable searches at Customs when they arrive in the United States.
More to come should RJ update the announcement with any additional details but, for now, I’d stay away.
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