Security update: Electronic device advice extended to all passengers

Added 09/07/2014

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The department of transport have extended their new guidance on electronic devices to all passengers flying into and out of the UK.

Their latest advice states:

Make sure your electronic devices are charged before you travel. If your device doesn’t switch on when requested, you won’t be allowed to bring it onto the aircraft.

Additional security checks on electronic devices will now be carried out on some additional routes into or out of the UK (not just direct to the USA). As the Department of Transport would not disclose which routes will be affected they have advised that all passengers need to comply with the new rules.

Additional checks have been carried out on some flights to the US since the beginning of the week.

Although the authorities have not provided a specific list of the devices now subject to the power-on checks, you should ensure that any electronic device such as a phone, tablet, MP3 player, electric shaver or camera, which you intend to carry in your hand luggage is fully charged. It may also be a good idea to carry the charger with you.

For more information on hand luggage restrictions from UK airports, read our guide:
An easy guide to hand luggage restrictions

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