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Aviation Security Announcement - Laptops and Tablets

Important Aviation Security Announcement: Laptops, Tablets & Large Phones on Inbound Flights

If you or your colleagues are travelling into the UK from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia or Turkey you need to be aware of new hand luggage restrictions for laptops, tablets and large mobile phones which will come into effect from 25th March 2017 onwards.

An Official Government Statement on 21st March outlines:  Large phones, laptops and tablets are not allowed in the cabin on flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia .

Under the new arrangements, passengers boarding flights from these countries to the UK will not be allowed to take phones, laptops and tablets into the cabin of the plane which are larger than:

length: 16.0cm
width: 9.3cm
depth: 1.5cm.

Providing that they are no larger than the dimensions stated earlier, most smart phones will be allowed in the cabin, including many common popular handsets such as:  iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy 7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G3, Sony Xperia Z2.

Any phones, laptops or tablets larger than the above dimensions will not be allowed in the cabin, regardless of whether they were purchased in duty free. 

This restriction applies to inbound flights into the UK.

Passengers with these devices should check with their airlines for more details on transporting these items.

The additional security measures may cause some disruption for passengers and flights, and we understand the frustration that will cause, but the top priority will always be to maintain the safety of British nationals.

Direct flights to the UK from these destinations can continue to operate to the UK subject to these new measures being in place. Travellers are advised to keep up-to-date with the latest FCO travel advice and to check online with their chosen carrier for further information.

FAQs

What happens to passengers travelling from countries unaffected by the measures who are transferring to an affected flight?

Transfer passengers who board a flight on a route affected will be subject to the measures.

Why are these measures not in place for flights travelling from the UK?

This applies to inbound flights. The UK has some of the most robust aviation security measures in the world but the government keeps this under constant review based on assessment of risk.

More about hand luggage restrictions on electronic devices and items at UK airports.

What about any costs incurred as a result of this? And what if I want to cancel my flight can I get compensation?

This is matter for the airlines. They have been encouraged to take a customer focused approach.

How long will these measures be in place?

The UK has some of the most robust aviation security measures in the world and will continue to take all the steps it believes are necessary to put in place security measures it believes will be effective and proportionate. The Government keeps our aviation security measures under constant review.

The Foreign Office has updated their guidance note regarding how to minimise your risk and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack, please find more information on the Government website. For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/additional-airline-security-measures-on-some-routes-travelling-to-the-uk

27 March 2017