UK extends device charge test to all air travellers

UK extends device charge test to all air travellers

Summary: The British Department of Transport has issued an edict stating that all incoming and departing UK passengers may have to show their mobile devices are powered.


All air passengers flying into or out of British airports, and not just those on US-bound flights, must ensure their electronic devices are charged.

Advice issued at the weekend concerned passengers flying to the US, but on Tuesday night the British the Department for Transport widened the instruction to affect anyone flying into or out of the UK.

A spokesman for the department said: "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 on to 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."

No specific routes have been highlighted, and the spokesman said they hope to "minimise disruption as far as possible".

New restrictions requiring all electronic devices, including mobile phones and tablets, to be charged so they can be switched on for security staff were announced by US authorities on Sunday.

The heightened security comes amid reports two terror networks are working together on a bomb that could evade existing measures.

Topics: Travel Tech, Security

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  • I remeber air travel out of Germany used to demand startup - in the 1990's

    When air-travelling out of Western Germany back in mid 1990's I always had to both show my mobile phone and my laptop as active / turned on.

    It made sense then when the scanners were not as good, and you quickly got used to that extra routine.

    But then it stopped again - not sure when or why.
  • I have never understood . . .

    . . . why one would travel without sufficient charge in one's devices.

    Sure, connections and re-routing may eat up some of the charge en route, but one can put devices on power-saving profiles.

    Question: my work-bag contains everything I need to to be able to start my assignment should my check-in baggage go missing. This includes a small zip case with cables, plugs, USB stick AND a spare battery for my smartphone and notebook (I work in developing regions). What will the security people do when they find it, charged or depleted?
    AN O'Nymous