Did you know that electronic devices, including mobile phones, have been targeted in the latest change to airport security rules? If so, chances are you found out while using one of the very devices that will be affected. Tablets, e-book readers, laptops and digital cameras are just a few of the most popular electronic devices travellers take away on holiday with them – and now you may have to prove their functionality prior to boarding. So read on to find out more and make sure you don’t get caught out when embarking on your next flight.
Depending on your destination and airline carrier, you may have to prove that your electronic device functions for its intended purpose by turning it on during airport security checks. If it doesn’t turn on, you could have your device confiscated or be denied boarding. Be aware that this could include any devices that simply have a flat battery. Additionally, all electronic items must be carried in hand-luggage only. These new rules are already in motion in many airports around the world.
What devices will be affected?
All electronic devices are being targeted by these new rules, especially those with lithium batteries. This includes, but is not limited to:
• Mobile phones
• Tablet devices
• E-book readers
• Portable music players
• Digital cameras
Why the change?
Electronic devices have been targeted by these new rules in a bid to tighten security for passengers’ safety. As they could potentially be concealed as hidden explosives, this is just another measure to ensure that the highest of standards is upheld throughout the security screening process, so we can all have peace of mind when travelling near and far.
What destinations and airlines will be affected?
Currently, these rules affect flights to, from and via the United States and United Kingdom. They also extend to stopovers in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Australian travellers commonly make these routes with airlines such as Qantas, Virgin Australia, Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, British Airways, United Airlines, Delta and other carriers. Keep in mind that the destinations and airlines affected could change at any time, so it’s best to always be prepared and do your research.
• Make sure that all of your electronic devices are fully charged before flying and will last the journey.
• Check for updates in airport security measures for all destinations prior to each flight.
• Double check any destinations of connecting flights.
• Don’t rely on chargers or power points being available at airports.
• Follow these new rules at all times to ensure you never get caught out unexpectedly.