With security concerns at an all-time high, the UK is still operating a laptop ban on inbound flights from a number of destinations. Here's everything you need to know before heading to the airport this summer.
- Know if you're affected; as it stands, the ban only impacts direct inbound flights to the UK from a number of popular destinations, including Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. If your flight touches down in any of these countries en route to the UK, the ban still applies.
- That means that a number of airlines are affected - including six UK flight providers: Thomas Cook, Jet2.com, Monarch, British Airways, Thomson and Easyjet. It's also worth noting that there are a number of other overseas airlines that this luggage ban impacts.
- Not all gadgets are affected by the ban - only devices over a certain size (16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm) are impacted, so that means you won't be able to use your iPad, laptop or Kindle on flights from these destinations, but the majority of smartphones will be fine.
- Anything bought in Duty Free isn't exempt from the cabin ban. So even if you pick up a new tablet in the airport, you will be required to stow it in the hold before you are allowed to fly.
- Don't get caught out; The device ban is in ongoing discussions, and while it only affects certain inbound flights to the UK at the moment, this could extend to the US. Check your airline’s rules before you head off to the airport. Also use Gov.uk to check for any updates.
- If you are allowed to use your smartphone on the flight, set it to flight mode. Don't rely on the airline having in-flight Wifi either - it's worth downloading any programmes you want to watch before you set off.
Thanks to Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at uSwitch.com