23 March 2017 by Anna Staford
Large phones, laptops and tablets not allowed in the cabin on flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia. Learn more about hand luggage restrictions below.
On Tuesday 21 March the government announced new aviation security measures on all inbound direct flights to the UK from the following countries:
Under the new arrangements, passengers boarding flights from these countries to the UK will not be allowed to take phones, laptops and tablets which are larger than:
into the cabin of the plane. Passengers with these devices should check with their airlines for more details on transporting these items.
The additional security measures may cause some disruption for passengers and flights, and we understand the frustration that will cause, but our top priority will always be to maintain the safety of British nationals.
Direct flights to the UK from these destinations can continue to operate to the UK subject to these new measures being in place. Travellers are advised to keep up-to-date with the latest FCO travel advice and to check online with their chosen carrier for further information.
These new measures will apply on all inbound direct flights travelling to the UK from the following countries:
Passengers travelling on these flights should check online with their carrier if they require further information.
These new measures are concerned with flights into the UK. The UK is not stopping direct flights to and from those countries. Those with imminent travel should contact their airline for further information. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office also publishes travel advice.
Most smart phones will be allowed in the cabin, including many common popular handsets such as:
The new UK measures will mean that phones, laptops and tablets larger than:
will not be allowed in the cabin.
Any phones, laptops or tablets larger than the above dimensions will not be allowed in the cabin, regardless of whether they were purchased in duty free.
This applies to inbound flights. The UK has some of the most robust aviation security measures in the world but we keep this under constant review based on assessment of risk.
More about hand luggage restrictions on electronic devices and items at UK airports.
This is matter for the airlines. We encourage them to take a customer focused approach.
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The UK has some of the most robust aviation security measures in the world and we will continue to take all the steps we believe are necessary to put in place security measures we believe will be effective and proportionate. We keep our aviation security measures under constant review.
It is long standing government policy not to comment on intelligence matters.
We are confident these measures are proportionate and effective.
Transfer passengers who board a flight on a route affected will be subject to the measures.
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