On the 2nd July 2014 The Department of Transport announced they were stepping up airport security measures in the UK.
The Department of Transport released a statement stating, “On 2 July we announced we were stepping up some of our aviation security measures. In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up or face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft. Passengers flying into or out of the UK are therefore advised to make sure electronic devices being carried in their hand luggage are charged before they travel.”
Why is this happening?
A new type of explosive has reportedly been designed that can go undetected in batteries.
Which electrical items do I need to keep charged?
Mobile phones, laptops, tablets, cameras, iPads, e-books, MP3 players, electrical shavers, hair straighteners and any other electrical equipment that you carry in your hand luggage needs to be charged so that if you are asked by airport security, you are able to turn them on and demonstrate them in working order.
What will happen if my electrical items are not charged?
If your electrical items are uncharged you will be denied boarding for your flight, or face leaving your electrical items behind. However there are charging points throughout all of the UK airports, so it is advisable to carry any chargers you may need in your hand luggage.
When and where will the checks take place?
For security reasons it has not been announced which routes or airports will be affected. Thomson airlines are advising all passengers to keep mobile phones switched on until they board the flight, as there maybe additional checks at the boarding gate.
Will there be delays?
Although the airports have not predicted any delays, it is advisable to allow yourself more time at the airport, due to increased checks at security.
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