Where should your tech be stored when travelling by plane?

Whether you’re organising a last-minute getaway or already planning your next break abroad it pays to be prepared. In recent years air travel has seen new rules come into force regarding what tech can be flown and where it can be stored.

All inbound flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia or Saudi Arabia will face restrictions with all tech or gadgets over 16cm x 9cm x 1.5cm to be held in the hold. This rule includes, mobile phones, tablets and laptops and can extend to keyboards, spare batteries and power banks but don’t panic, the iPhone 7 plus can travel with you, so most phones will be accepted! If you are only taking hand luggage and your device does not meet the requirements it will not be allowed to travel with you.

Flying in and out of the UK from any other country is more relaxed with several devices being able to travel in handheld and/or hold luggage. These include:

  • Mobile phones
  • Tablets
  • Laptops
  • MP3 players
  • Wireless headphones
  • Hair dryers and straighteners
  • Travel irons
  • Electric shavers
  • E-Cigarettes 
  • Camera equipment

Although restrictions aren’t so strict there are some limitations on batteries. Each installed or spare battery that accompanies a portable electronic device must not exceed a lithium content of more than 2 grams in a lithium metal battery or a watt-hour rating of 100Wh in lithium-ion batteries.

Spare batteries for portable electronic devices containing lithium metal or lithium-ion batteries should be individually protected to prevent short circuits and are to travel in hand-held luggage or on your person. For more information about items that are allowed in baggage click here.

Finally, make sure your devices are fully charged! If you are planning to travel with a permitted device, it must be charged, and you must be able to prove it should you be asked. Airlines can ban you and your device from flying if it has no power.


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