Warning over electronic devices
Passengers flying into or out of the USA or UK must ensure their electronic devices are fully charged. New checks require travellers to turn on their device when going through security over fears that terrorists have developed ‘stealth’ bombs that can be hidden in devices such as phones, laptops and even hair dryers and straighteners.
The Department for Transport in the UK released the following statement:
“Passengers on some routes may also be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage can be powered up or face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft.”
As an expat you may find yourself flying regularly. It is important that you are aware of these new rules to avoid delays or additional costs to your journey should you need to charge or mail any devices that are not allowed through security. If you find yourself at the airport having not charged a device then place it in your checked luggage, speak to your airline or ask the airport help desk if they have any charging points. Be aware that when charging points are provided in airports, they tend to be busy and it may take some time for your device to be sufficiently charged.
You should allow extra time to get through security as waiting times may be longer while the new rules are implemented. Whilst these checks are frustrating they have been brought in to protect passengers from a legitimate threat.