Brits warned they may be denied boarding flights because of mobile phones

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Brits are being warned of a strict hand luggage rule that could stop you boarding your flight – and it's all to do with your mobile phone.

In fact, you'll need to make sure all of your gadgets are fully charged before you head to the airport, or you could end up being forced to leave some of your devices behind.

That could mean no phone for taking photos, no iPad for watching downloaded films during the flight, or even your laptop if you were planning to get some work done in-flight.

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The reason you'll want to charge your gadgets is that when going through airport security, staff can request for passengers to turn their devices on. If you can't meet this request, they can confiscate your devices.

The UK government has already warned Brits of the rules, which have been in place for a few years.

Advice on its website on hand luggage restrictions reads: "Make sure your electronic devices are charged before you travel. If your device does not switch on when requested, you will not be allowed to take it onto the aircraft."

It's also worth noting that rules on which gadgets you can bring on aircraft can depend on your airline and destination rules. For example, e-cigarettes are often banned.

Of course there are also plenty more rules on what you can and can't bring in hand luggage.

One of the biggest rules is that all liquids must be under 100ml when going through security.

You can take liquids under 100ml but these must be in a re-sealable plastic bag that can be no larger than 20cm x 20cm and cannot exceed one litre. Often, airports will provide these bags before you get in the queue for the scanners.

Again, rules on other items can differ depending on your destination and airline, but as a rule of thumb the below are banned:

  • Acid
  • Billiard, snooker or pool cues
  • Builder's tools
  • Catapults and sling-shots
  • Darts
  • Explosives
  • Gas cartridges, or gas cartridge re-fills
  • Hammers, nails or screw-drivers
  • Hypodermic syringes (unless supported by medical evidence)
  • Knives with blades more than 6cm
  • Lighter fuel
  • Lighter top-up fuel (passengers are allowed to carry one disposable lighter in a clear re-sealable plastic bag)
  • Mercury
  • Paint
  • Razor blades
  • Scissors – specifically, blades measuring greater than 6cm in length
  • Sporting bats
  • Toy or replica guns (plastic or metal)
  • Umbrellas – unless foldable

If you're unsure about an item, get in touch with your airline direct.


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