There’s a new restriction on flights to the US and flights to the UK which there is now a gadget ban on some airlines…
“Electronic devices larger than a cell phone/smart phone will not be allowed to be carried onboard the aircraft in carry-on luggage or other accessible property.”
For UK-bound travellers, it affects all flights coming from:
* Saudi Arabia
(Taken from BBC news)
The thinking behind it is that small explosives could be taken onto the flight via hand luggage and it’s being done for safety. Anything bigger than a mobile phone will have to be checked in and go into your cargo hold luggage.
I understand the safety aspect, but can’t they just…like…scan them at check in? Isn’t that what those huge machines through security do? And if that device is carrying an explosive then isn’t it still a massive security risk to check it into your main luggage? That thing is going to go off anyway, right?
I have to say, one of the first things I very selfishly thought of is “Won’t someone think of the parents? HOW ARE WE GOING TO ENTERTAIN OUR KIDS ON FLIGHTS?!”
We fly to Turkey in May and it means that flying over won’t be a problem (unless Turkey gets mad and imposes the same rule before then) but flying back will mean we can’t have the iPad for the toddler with 25 episodes of Postman Pat and Sarah and Duck on them. Whilst I do want to punch Postman Pat because of his incompetent parcel delivering skills at times, it means that we have a way to keep toddler quiet and in one place.
I fear that parents across the world are now fearing for their sanity and quaking in their boots as a LOT do rely on a gadget bigger than their phone to provide some suitable inflight entertainment for their little ones. And if planes had chandeliers I reckon you would see some kiddies (possibly some parents) swinging from them in weeks to come whilst frazzled cabin crew tries to keep order for 5 hours straight in a confined space.
If you’re a terrified parent / airline company / frazzled cabin crew wondering how to save everyone’s sanity on these gadget free flights then here are some suggestions….
1. Airline companies – Stock up on brown paper bags and cool damp cloths. Parents and fellow passengers are going to need them once hyperventilation starts from kids asking “are we there yet” approximately 736463782888 times. Per hour.
2. Airline companies – Possibly hire a kids entertainer such a clown, balloon artist or someone who just sings wheels on the bus gleefully for a while. You should be aware that some adults don’t like clowns and may end up having said clown in a head lock and start a full on brawl.
3. Airline companies – Possibly consider an onboard crèche? Cash in on those parents that look terrified and charge rates similar to nursery fees, if not more. Kerching.
4. Parents – Teach your children lots of card games or something that requires a lot of time and strategic thinking. Like poker or chess. Hopefully 5 hours will tick by in no time.
5. Parents – colouring books, sticker books, pop up books, any book. The more the merrier. They keep mine entertained for about an hour at least.
6. Parents – Take absolutely every app off your phone (which IS allowed on board) and load it with your toddlers favourite programme. All those selfies and social media apps can be put back on later. Your sanity is everything right now.
7. Parents – Think of it as a Postman Pat detox for your kids, and yourself. You’re one step away from having recurring nightmares about misplaced parcels anyway so this might be therapeutic for all of you.
8. Fellow passengers with no kids – Consider taking a safe sleeping pill that will last till you land. It’s going to be noisy. Sorry.