Hand luggage ban for laptops on certain UK flights

23 March 2017 08:06

Passengers are to be banned from carrying laptops in cabin luggage on inbound direct flights from six countries

Passengers are to be banned from carrying laptops in cabin luggage on inbound direct flights from six countries

Passengers on certain flights into the UK will no longer be able to carry laptops and tablets like iPads in their hand luggage.

The new rules affect people travelling direct into the UK from six countries: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Affected passengers have been urged to check their travel insurance details before leaving home.

Terror threat

The move was ordered by the Prime Minister Theresa May in the wake of a similar announcement in the US.

It is unclear whether the UK ban is in relation to a general terror threat or a specific attack from the likes of al Qaida.

The ban must be implemented by Saturday (March 25), the Department for Transport (DfT) said.

Smartphones 'yes', Kindles 'no'

People will still be able to carry smartphones on such flights, but any larger electronic devices will have to go in the luggage hold.

The restriction covers any electronic device measuring 16cm (6.3in) by 9.3cm (3.7in) by 1.5cm (0.6in).

This means Kindle e-readers and some handheld gaming consoles cannot be carried in hand luggage.

Insurance warning

Travel trade organisation Abta has urged holidaymakers to leave certain electronic devices at home, saying tablets and laptops aren't typically covered by travel insurance policies for loss, damage or theft if placed in the hold.

But the Association of British Insurers encourages passengers travelling from one of the six countries to check with their insurer regarding cover for valuables placed in the hold.

 

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