Friday, September 16, 2016

‘Laptops’ Now Have a Place on the ‘Little Regla Ferry’

'Laptops' Now Have a Place on the 'Little Regla Ferry' / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 14 September 2016 — Residents and visitors of Regla
and Casablanca can now travel with their laptops on the maritime vessels
that connect the historic center of Havana with these two towns. For
decades, travelers with computers were obliged to make the trip in buses
or cars, due to a prohibition from the authorities.

Several of these boats, known as lanchitas de Regla, were the scenes of
immigration incidents prior to the 1994 Rafter Crisis. Controls at the
terminals at both ends escalated started at that point and prohibited
carrying passengers with scissors, bottles with liquid, cakes for
parties, and electronic equipment like laptops.

As of last week, and without the official press having published the
information, people with laptops are allowed to board the ferries. One
of the employees responsible for inspecting passengers told 14ymedio
that "now you can travel not only with one, but with all the computers
you want."

The relaxation happened after a restructuring of urban transport
implemented beginning in August. Given the decline in the number of
buses now serving the towns of Regla and Casablanca, the authorities
have removed what many considered an "absurd prohibition."

Source: 'Laptops' Now Have a Place on the 'Little Regla Ferry' /
14ymedio – Translating Cuba -

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