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February 7, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

One airline has taken a light-hearted attitude to President Donald Trump’s attempt to ban travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US – and it’s not a carrier you’d think would find the situation funny.

Royal Jordanian Airlines, national carrier of Jordan (a Muslim-majority country that’s not on the list of seven) has decided to encourage travellers to fly to the US while Trump’s ban is still on hold, tied up in a tussle with the courts.

The carrier sent out a tweet: “Fly to the US with RJ now that you’re allowed to.” The heading shows the word “Ban” – changed with a pen into “Bon Voyage!”

Royal Jordanian’s mischievous tweet

The ad also promotes some pretty hot discounted airfares.

Royal Jordanian has joined Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, British Airways and other airlines in flying people from the seven affected countries to the US, provided they hold the right visa, or a green card. The seven countries, for the record, are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Syria.

Back to the tweet, Royal Jordanian tried a similar jest in November, on the eve of US Election Day, when it tweeted an advertisement saying: “Just in case he wins… Travel to the US while you’re still allowed to!”  For more on that, see: Trump win: ‘Travel to the US while you’re still allowed!’

The earlier tweet took a swipe at Trump’s suggestion on the campaign trail that Muslims might be banned from coming to the US. The jokey approach in the ad seemed a good bet because Trump was thought to have little hope of becoming president. Some said he didn’t have a chance against Hillary Clinton.

Trump, the billionaire reality TV star and outsider who had never before held public office, proved them all wrong.

Written by Peter Needham

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