Travellers are being advised to power up electronic devices in hand luggage as part of new security measures introduced at UK airports.
All passengers flying into or out of the UK will have to be able to prove electronic and electrical devices in their hand luggage are sufficiently charged to be switched on.
What gadgets are included?
The Department for Transport (DfT) guidance includes devices such as:
- Mp3 player
- Electrical shaver
- Travel iron
- Camera or other camera equipment
The general advice applies to anything "with a battery", so other items such as handheld games consoles and e-readers could also be checked.
What will happen if my device cannot be switched on?
The UK government guidelines say passengers carrying devices which they cannot switch on "face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft". Passengers would then have to choose between charging the device if possible, leaving it behind (see below) or not getting on their flight.
What will happen if I leave an electronic device?
Some airlines have outlined ways customers can get their devices back. British Airways said passengers could either keep devices at airports for customers to collect or have them forwarded to another address, at the airline's expense. Virgin Atlantic has said likewise. EasyJet said it was seeking clarification from the government on the new regulations and had not, so far, issued any specific instructions to passengers.
Can I charge my device at the airport?
To avoid the risk of missing your flight or having your device taken away, make sure it is fully charged and check that the airport you are travelling from has a charging point. If for any reason you have a device with a flat battery, charging points are available near security in most airports - so if you have enough time before your flight you should be able to charge it up.
What flights are affected?
The DfT said the changes would affect "some routes into and out of the UK", but added: "For obvious reasons we will not be commenting in detail on the routes affected." All passengers flying to or from the UK are advised to charge electrical items they wish to carry as hand luggage.