Some restrictions lifted

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Some of the restrictions on carrying personal electronic devices (PES’s) such as large notepads, laptops, and tablets as hand baggage have been lifted lifted on all UK bound flights from some airports

The British Department of Transport has lifted the ban on personal electronic devices but made it a little more confusing by lifting it in some airports in a country but not all. In addition some airlines may allow items to be carried as hand baggage but that doesn’t mean to say that that is an acceptable policy to border security staff when you arrive in the UK.

As from last Thursday, (December 21st) people flying from Hurghada, Luxor and Marsa Alam in Egypt; Tunis-Carthage International in Tunisia and Antalya, Bodrum, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Izmir will be able to take PES’s as hand luggage provided that the airline on which they are travelling agrees.

Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted that Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen is on the list but not the main airport in Istanbul – Istanbul Atatürk. Sabiha Gökçen tends to be used by Pegaus and Turkish Airlines but British Airways, for example, uses Istanbul Atatürk as does Atlas Global (flying from Stansted), Air France, KLM and Lufthansa.

If you are flying on Turkish Airways out of the UK check to see which airport the airline will be returning from otherwise you may run into difficulties since it uses both Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Istanbul Atatürk.

It is still forbidden to take PES’s on flights from Dalaman in  Turkey to the UK but check also with your airline.

It isn’t quite so confusing in Egypt unless you are flying into Hurghada, Luxor and Marsa Alam and returning from Cairo. Bringing PES’s as hand luggage from Cairo is still forbidden.

There has been no lifting of the restrictions on bringing PES’s as hand luggage on flights from Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia no Amman in Jordan or Beirut in Lebanon.

As a safety measure, check with the airline on which you are travelling to get confirmation of what you can and cannot carry as hand luggage.

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