Etihad takes a shot at Trump's laptop ban in provocative new ad

Etihad Airways says it will “Make Flying Great Again” in its latest ad

The new commercial, which was released on social media in response to the US government’s ban on laptops and other large electronic items on flights from certain airports in Africa and the Middle East to the US, reassures customers that they will still have access to in-flight entertainment. 

“Enjoy endless entertainment on demand … including the latest movies, TV box sets, live news and sports,” the ad says. 

The new security procedure requires passengers to place all their electronic items larger than a mobile phone in their checked luggage. This includes laptops, tablets, e-readers, portable DVD players, gaming devices larger than a smartphone, and travel-size printers and scanners.

Etihad also reiterates that its passengers will have access to their cell phones during the flight and can use the onboard Wi-Fi to stay in touch.

Emirates released a similar commercial starring Jennifer Aniston earlier this week. 

The following nine airlines will be affected by the ban:

  • Royal Jordanian Airlines
  • EgyptAir
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Saudia
  • Kuwait Airways
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Qatar Airways
  • Etihad Airways
  • Emirates

The ban will affect flights leaving from the following 10 airports:

  • Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman, Jordan.
  • Cairo International Airport (CAI) in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Ataturk International Airport (IST) in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • King Khalid International Airport (RUH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Kuwait International Airport (KWI) near Kuwait City, Kuwait.
  • Mohammed V Airport (CMN) in Casablanca, Morocco.
  • Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar.
  • Dubai International Airport (DXB) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Business Insider reported earlier this week that the the ban will affect only nonstop flights to the US originating from these airports, which equates to roughly 50 flights a day.

Watch the Etihad commercial here:


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