UK Just Banned Laptops, Tablets on Flights from Lebanon & Five Other Countries

After US authorities banned electronic devices from cabin baggage on flights from more than 10 Middle Eastern and North African countries, the UK followed suit and issued a similar flight ban on anything electronic larger than a normal smartphone for direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. The carriers affected are Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Egyptair. Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air and Saudia. The British government has…

US Ban on Electronic Devices to Affect 9 Middle Eastern Airports

CNN, BBC and The Guardian are reporting that the US authorities have just banned electronic devices from cabin baggage on flights from more than 10 Middle Eastern and North African countries. The requirement would forbid passengers from bringing laptops, iPads, Kindles and even cameras larger than mobile phones into the cabin. Royal Jordanian tweeted about this new ban but then later on deleted it, but Etihad Airways and Turkish Airlines confirmed receiving a new directive…

Why I was Visiting Philip Morris in Switzerland

2 days ago
My recent trip to the Philip Morris International (PMI) Research Center in Neuchâtel in Switzerland might have come as a shock to many. Most of you know I don’t smoke, and that I’m a staunch ...

I’m off to Switzerland

1 week ago
I’m flying to Geneva this morning and staying in Lausanne till Saturday where I’ll be visiting the Philip Morris International R&D Facilities. Lausanne is not a touristic destination from what I’ve heard but I don’t ...

A Long Weekend in #Lebanon – By Mounia Akl

3 weeks ago
Travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler shared recently a video by filmmaker Mounia Akl who took them on a tour around Lebanon. The tour was one long weekend where they partied in Beirut, drove to the ...

38 Countries Lebanese can Visit Without a Visa

1 month ago
Here’s a quick follow-up on the 2017 Passport Index post published earlier today. I looked at a recently updated Wikipedia article to check out the list of countries where Lebanese can visit without the need ...

Passport Index 2017: Lebanese Passport Still Among the Three Worst Arab Passports

1 month ago
Passport Index released its 2017 rankings of the most powerful passports. The website ranks the travel documents by measuring the number of countries that can be visited without applying for a visa. Germany is the ...

Royal Jordanian Mocks Trump’s “Muslim” Ban Once Again

1 month ago
RJ took another hit at Trump’s Muslim ban by slashing their prices and changing the Ban to “Bon Voyage”. The old ad that came out before Trump won said “Just in case he wins … ...

Appointment of a Lebanese as Head of PR Causing a Stir in Saudi Arabia

1 month ago
I have no idea who Kristie Sarkis is, but her recent appointment in a senior position at Saudi Airlines has caused a twitter storm in Saudi Arabia. Saudis are upset that their national airline chose ...

Tanoreen’s Knafeh

2 months ago
Tanoreen, a popular Middle-Eastern restaurant based in Brooklyn and run by Palestinian-American chef Rawia Bishara, was featured in last week’s edition of the Explorers and the highlight of the visit was Rawia’s homemade Knafe, which ...