Changes to the policy on electronic devices when flying from the UK


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I wrote yesterday about changes that British Airways has made to the policy about electronic devices that could not be turned on when required.

Now, the UK Government has extended this ruling to include multiple destinations but will not specify which routes this applies to. Presumably it will be to more difficult areas of the world. It appears that the UK Government has fallen for the layers of security approach favoured by the USA’s TSA.

However, BA has relaxed its policy about what happens to passengers whose device will not turn on. The policy has removed a single, but significant paragraph from its web site.

If, when asked to do so, you are unable to demonstrate that your device has power you will not be allowed to fly on your planned service. –

This will be a relief to many who were faced with not only losing their uncharged device but also being denied boarding.