New rules on UK flights means mobiles could be banned in some cabins

UK flight restrictions have recently changed thanks to an incident that occurred regarding a foiled terrorist plot. Hand luggage restrictions can often be confusing for passengers, especially when they concern electrical items.

Passengers travelling from the UK are allowed to take laptops, mobile phones, and tablets into their hand and hold luggage. However, travellers taking flights from the UK to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia have different restrictions.

In the majority of airports in these countries, excluding a few which we’ll list underneath, electrical devices larger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm are not allowed to be placed in your hand luggage. Even hard drives and keyboards are subject to this criteria, and batteries are not allowed in your luggage at all if they are bigger than these measurements.

Even if you’re simply traveling through airports listed in the countries above, you are still subject to these rules. If your flight is starting in the UK, you need to abide by these rules.

As for airports in the countries listed that are excluded from these rules, in Turkey, the following airports are excluded: Antalya, Bodrum, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, and Izmir. For Egypt, the following airports are excluded: Luxor, Hurghada, and Marsa Alam.

There are a number of travel restrictions for hand luggage that are overlooked by passengers every day in airports, but there is a list of what you can legally take on-board on your .gov website, and most airlines have a list on their own websites too. If you know what plane you’re getting on, you can find a list of restricted items with ease.



Other rules and restrictions that you may come across are as follows:

1. Electronic items must be changed if they are being brought into the cabin

2. Gadgets are now allowed in hand luggage. The brief ban following fears of battery explosions has been lifted in most countries – do check first.

3. If your electronic device cannot be turned on at security, it is not allowed onboard.

4. Portable battery packs larger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm are not allowed onboard to help prevent battery fires.

5. Remove all of your electronics, alongside your liquids, when going through airport security.

As we mentioned, all airlines will have their own restrictions and policies when it comes to items you can take onboard into the cabin with you in your hand luggage (including your bag and your small item).

In other news, new CT scanners that have been trialled in Amsterdam and New York City, America, could speed up security queues and even ensure safer security. These CT scanners mean passengers and fliers will not need to remove items from their bags at security check, because the scanner can pick up every item in your bag safely. This could save so much time, and we’re sure that everyone has dealt with the awkwardness of putting everything back in your cabin suitcase after a security check.

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