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

My recent trip to the Philip Morris International 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 supporter of Lebanon’s Tobacco Control Law 174, which bans indoor smoking in public places. Just to be clear, I still don’t smoke, never did and never will. I always try to encourage my friends who do smoke to quit too. I…

I’m off to Switzerland

5 months 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

5 months 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

6 months 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

6 months 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

6 months 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

6 months 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

6 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 ...

Video Shows Fight on Beirut-London MEA Flight

7 months ago
I heard about this fight yesterday but a video emerged today showing two passengers fighting on the plane. LBCI reported that one of the passengers “got into a dispute with an air hostess before assaulting ...