Charge all electronic devices before you fly

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phonesLast week we told you about the new rules regarding carrying electronic devices on planes. Yesterday the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, announced that they could apply to ANY flight into or out of the UK. This is the statement on the department’s website,

“…passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up or face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft. Passengers flying into or out of the UK are therefore advised to make sure electronic devices being carried in their hand luggage are charged before they travel. “

Prior to this statement, these rules applied to just US flights. Now it can be a flight to anywhere.

Many airlines  and airports are still not showing this on their website so be safe. Wherever you are flying to or from – and we suggest that includes domestic flights – check that any device you are carrying in your hand luggage is charged and bring the charger along with you so that you can prove it is chargeable.

What will happen if it cannot be charged?

There is some confusion here as well. Any item that cannot be shown to be charged might be confiscated; you might be allowed to post it back home or it might be put in the hold luggage depending on the attitude of the airline. We suspect that airlines were caught on the hop by this announcement and haven’t decided themselves what to do. Whilst this lasts, play safe and either put electronic devices in to hold luggage or make sure that they are charged.  And if you are connecting onto flights I thi nk you should assume that those connecting airports might bring in similar rules so make sure the device is charged sufficiently to last through the whole of that firts flight and any transit time.

 

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