Mobile phones and other electronic devices are part of everyday life, so it’s no surprise that they are regularly packed into hand luggage before flying abroad. However, Britons considering packing electronics should be aware of some key rules which, if broken, could see their beloved devices confiscated.
“If your device is not charged, please place it in your checked baggage.
“If you do connect, make sure you don’t run out of power for your devices during the first part of your journey as charging points at airports can be very limited and you may need an adaptor. “
British Airways provides power sockets and USB sockets on board aircraft to enable passengers to charge their devices while in transit.
If you cannot turn on an electrical device on demand, the item could be considered a safety risk.
The United States was the first nation to implement this security check, followed quickly by the United Kingdom.
In 2014, US officials said there was a “credible terrorist threat” that prompted the rule.
Although nothing was confirmed, there was speculation of hidden explosives in electronic devices.
In a message posted on its website at the time of the rule change, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said: “During the security review, officers may also ask owners to turn on certain devices , including mobile phones.
“Devices without power will not be allowed on board the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.”