We get it. You love your electronics. You can probably goÂ longer without water than without your laptop or iPad.Â SoÂ it was aÂ nasty surprise when the U.S. sprangÂ an electronics ban on all inbound flights from seven Muslim-majority countries. Any device larger than a smartphone (excluding medical devices) can’t be carried into the cabin, and needs toÂ be checked instead.
Sadly, we at AirlineReporter aren’t invited to top-secret government intelligence briefings, so we can only hopeÂ there’s an excellent reason for the ban. The downside isÂ a little more evident.Â Beyond the inconvenience, devices and their flammable lithium batteries are now all stuck in the cargo hold, where they are harder to monitor and contain.
Even so, the ban isn’t the end of the world. There’s more to flying than watching downloaded movies or checking your email on overpriced inflight wifi. Take our word for it. We caught aÂ flight on Turkish Airlines, one of the carriers affected by the ban. We were flying out of the U.S. so we technically weren’t subject to the ban, but we decided to leave our laptops offÂ anyways. And guess what? We still had a blast. Read on for the — count ’em — TENÂ great ways we still had plenty of fun in the skiesÂ without our electronics.