The UK flight ban on electronic devices explained

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The UK is following the U.S. lead on the electronics ban on flights.

*UPDATED: 23rd March 2017*

The Department for Transport has announced additional airline security measures restricting laptops, tablets, DVD players and game consoles from being taken into the cabin from Saturday.

All flights from Turkey, Egypt, Saudia Arabia, Tunisia, Lebanon and Jordan to the UK will be affected. Flights departing from the UK will not be affected. The increased security measures is reported to be linked to intelligence suggesting a terror threat ‘sparked by IS’.

The ban covers any electronic devices larger than 16 cm in length, 9.3 cm width and 1.5 cm depth.

“Most smartphones fall within these limits and will continue to be allowed on board. However, devices larger than these dimensions may not be carried in the cabin,” the Department for Transport said.

For example, you can take an iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy 7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G3 or Sony Xperia Z2 as hand luggage.

Here’s what we know so far.

Are connecting flights included?

Yes. If you’re catching a connecting flight from any of the included six countries to the UK, you will be required to store your electronics into the hold.

As your luggage is often automatically redirected to your connecting flight, it’s best to store your devices before beginning your journey.

Which UK airlines are affected and what are they doing to help passengers?

  • Easyjet – It introduced the ban on Wednesday. The airline said passengers would face extra security checks and advised them to arrive early at their airport. It says it is contacting affected passengers ahead of their flights to let them know the new rules.
  • British Airways – It issued a notice to passengers on Tuesday, saying passengers would face additional searches and questions, and were likely to be called to their boarding gates earlier. Travellers part-way through their journey or about to start a journey in one of the affected countries who felt unable to immediately comply with the new rules can rebook their flight.
  • Jet2.com – Its service from Turkey to the UK starts on Monday, by which time the measures would be in place, a spokesman said.
  • Monarch – It says it will increase the paid-for hold luggage allowance by 3kgs free of charge to allow for the extra weight of electrical items.
  • Thomas Cook – It says customers flying to the UK from Turkey and Egypt should pack devices into their hold luggage to be checked in before going through security. The company advises holidaymakers with questions to call them on 01733 224 536, or, if already on holiday, to check holiday documents for in-resort contact numbers.
  • Thomson – The carrier said it was “currently working through operational plans and the best way” to notify affected customers.

H.T. BBC News / Guardian

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