Turkish Airlines even roped in Hollywood heavyweight Morgan Freeman for their Superbowl spot.
Two regional airlines have made references – one veiled, one not so – to US President Donald Trump’s “#MuslimBan” in their new advertisements.
Turkish Airlines got Shawshank Redemption star Morgan Freeman to take part in their stirring commercial, which aired during a primeUS Super Bowl spot.
In the short clip, the veteran actor urges viewers to “widen your world” as he sits on a spacious aircraft seat.
“There are those of us who like to venture to the unexplored, those of us who go out there with a sense of wonder,” the 79-year-old says.
And, while Freeman doesn’t directly address Trump’s controversial visa ban on nationals from seven MENA countries, the actor does subtly allude to the President’s anti-immigration stance with a message of acceptance.
“Reaching worlds; finding delight in our differences. If you are one of us, and you would like to explore more of this great planet, we’re ready to take you there… it’s time,” the Oscar winner tells audiences.
The new US President famously signed an executive order earlier this month, blocking entry to the US for nationals of Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Iran and Iraq.
Trump’s order also prevented immigration by Syrian citizens indefinitely, and blocked refugee admissions for 120 days.
However US District Judge James Robart lifted the travel ban earlier this week, allowing passengers from those seven countries to board States-bound flights once more.
Airlines including Emirates, Qatar Airwards, Royal Jordanian and Etihad have confirmed passengers and refugees with valid documents can now travel as per usual.
The Trump administration is now fighting Judge Robart’s ruling in the courtroom, a battle that’s expected to end at the Supreme Court.
Royal Jordanian has even used the visa ban as a marketing tool, posting the below offer to Twitter this week.
— Royal Jordanian (@RoyalJordanian) February 5, 2017
“Fly to the US with [Royal Jordanian] now that you’re allowed to,” the carrier wrote shortly after the ban was blocked.
The airline appears to have slashed prices for its US-bound flights in the wake of the controversy.
Their advert was met with widespread praise on social media, with users applauding the “trolling” of Trump.
— Kareem Chehayeb (@chehayebk) February 6, 2017
A hearing has been set for Tuesday at a San Francisco-based Court of Appeals to decide whether to allow or reject the ban.
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