UK airport rule – Passengers need a charged mobile to fly

From 2014, anyone flying from a UK airport has been expected to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage can be switched on, if requested to do so by Security personnel.

How many of us are actually aware of this rule though?

Mobile phones and other electronic devices are a common part of our everyday lives so we don’t think twice about packing them into hand luggage and jetting off.

However, UK airports and airlines require passengers with phones, laptops and tablets in their hand luggage – to be able to switch on their devices and ensure they have enough charge to do so.

Last month was the first time these little known rules really hit the news and yet many of us will still not be aware that “If you cannot turn on your devices when requested by security personnel, they can take it from you…”.  In other words your device could be confiscated.

The official government website states on its travel advice pages, “Make sure your electronic devices are charged before you travel…”

The BA website states: “Airport security staff may ask you to turn on electronic or battery-powered devices, such as phones, tablets, e-books and laptops, to demonstrate they function.

If you’re not able to do this, you will NOT be able to take your device with you.”

Whilst not all passengers are stopped and asked to “switch on” their devices, random spot checks may be carried out at some airport security points so, travellers MUST ensure their devices have at least enough power to switch on, if asked to do so.

Stay charged up folks! 

The ChargeBox Team