The same way that liquids must not exceed 100ml, laptops and tablets must be removed from your hand luggage and all metallic items taken off; this is simply just the next stage in airport security, to ensure flyers a safe journey when travelling to the States.
This new policy is already in place in several UK airports including London Heathrow and Manchester and is expected to extend to more UK & European airports with regular flights to the US over the coming weeks. This rule simply states that if your “device doesnt switch on, you wont be allowed to bring it on to the aircraft”.
It’s understood that passengers will be advised to remove chargers from their hold luggage when checking in, so that if required they can top up any gadgets they wish to carry-on the aircraft. Alternatively any powerless electronics can be placed in hold luggage instead.
If after this passengers still arrive at security with a powerless device, they will be directed to a nearby retailer or charging station within the airport to resolve the issue there. Customers also have the option to pay for banned hand luggage to be shipped to them separately or stored in a secure warehouse for up to 42 days.
We strongly suggest that if you are flying to the States from the UK or Europe to follow the simple steps below:
- Ensure all carry-on gadgets are fully charged before leaving for the airport
- Carry chargers in your hand luggage to top up any electronics if necessary
- Place any powerless devices securely in your hold luggage
*Please note that during the introduction of these new security measures there may be more disruption than usual, so please allow plenty of time to ensure a stress free flight*