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As part of the UK governments aviation security review system the following guidelines have been advised for all passengers flying into or out of the UK.

“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 onto 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.”

British Airways said customers with uncharged devices would not be allowed to fly and would have to rebook their flights or else leave their device behind and board their flight without it. It said these passengers will either be able to collect the device on their return or have it forwarded to another address, at the airline’s expense.

Virgin Atlantic said it would also store uncharged devices for customers at the airport. But after initially saying the cost of returning devices rested with passengers, the airline later revised its decision and said passengers would not be charged.

What are the new restrictions on charging devices?

Airline passengers entering and leaving the UK on potentially any route must be able to prove electronic and electrical devices in their hand luggage are sufficiently charged to be switched on when they get to security.

What gadgets are included?

The general advice applies to anything “with a battery”, including mobile phones, MP3 players, electrical shavers, hair-straighteners, travel irons and cameras.

What will happen if a device is not charged?

Travelers with uncharged devices face having to rebook their flight. Alternatively they may be able to charge their device, post their device or leave it at the airport.

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