UK flights ban: Electrical items not allowed in hand luggage
UK flight restrictions have recently changed thanks to a foiled terrorist bomb plot.
Powders could soon be removed from hand luggage unless they are under 12 ounces.
This follows the USA and Australia, who both issued the new rule after a failed terrorist attack on an Etihad plane in Sydney in 2016.
Hand luggage regulations can be confusing for passengers, especially when it comes to taking electrical items such as laptops and tablets onboard.
The gov.uk website explains what is allowed in bags in the cabin depending on the location UK travellers are flying.
Passengers travelling from the UK to countries abroad are allowed to take laptops, mobile phones and tablets into their hand luggage
Passengers travelling from the UK to countries abroad are allowed to take laptops, mobile phones and tablets into their hand luggage as well as their hold luggage.
This also includes hairdryers and straighteners, electric shavers and travel irons.
Portable cosmetic equipment can use gas canisters, as long as they remain covered at all times and spare gas canisters cannot be brought onboard.
Cameras are also allowed but professional equipment may have certain regulations to check with the airline.
The only restriction is for e-cigarettes which are allowed in hand luggage and not in cabin bags.
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Travellers heading to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have different restrictions.
This does not include the following airports:
- Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen
- Marsa Alam
For all other airports, electrical devices larger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm are not allowed in hand luggage.
This means most laptops and tablets must be put into cabin bags and checked in.
Electrical items such as hard drives and keyboards are subject to this – even if they are bought in duty-free.
Portable batteries are not allowed in either hand or hold luggage if they breach these measurements.
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Many passengers may not realise that they are subject to these rules if they are travelling through these countries on connecting flights.
This means, if starting in the UK where these bans are not in place, but travelling through any of the list countries, then the rules must be abided by.
Other rules issued by the government restricts some food and drink items.
Semi-liquid food such as jams, syrups and honey are not allowed as they are classed as banned liquids.
Fresh fruit, vegetables and other fresh foods are not allowed to be taken to certain island destinations such as Hawaii and New Zealand to protect the local habitat from diseases.