All air passengers flying in or out of UK airports must charge phones

Bournemouth Echo: All air passengers flying in or out of UK airports must charge phones All air passengers flying in or out of UK airports must charge phones

All air passengers flying into or out of UK airports must ensure their electronic devices are charged, following updated guidance from the Department for Transport (DfT).

Advice issued at the weekend concerned passengers flying to the United States, but last night that instruction was widened to affect anyone flying into or out of the UK.

A spokesperson for Bournemouth airport said Bournemouth wouldn't be affected and passengers wouldn't have any problems.

A spokesman for DfT said: "In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up or face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft.

"Passengers flying into or out of the UK are therefore advised to make sure electronic devices being carried in their hand luggage are charged before they travel."

No specific routes have been highlighted, and the spokesman said they hope to " minimise disruption as far as possible".

New restrictions requiring all electronic devices, including mobile phones and tablets, to be charged so they can be switched on for security staff were announced by US authorities on Sunday.

The heightened security comes amid reports two terror networks are working together on a bomb that could evade existing measures.

Last week the DfT said undisclosed extra measures at British airports were not expected to cause ''significant disruption'' to passengers and noted that the official UK threat status remained unchanged.

US officials were reported to have said the move to increase security at airports from where aircraft fly directly to the US was the result of intelligence that al Qaida's chief bomb maker, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, who is thought to be based in Yemen, had linked up with jihadists in Syria to pass on his skills.

Last week Prime Minister David Cameron said decisions had been made based on "the evidence in front of us" and in co-operation with America.

''The safety of the travelling public must come first. We mustn't take any risks with that," he told the BBC.

''I hope this won't lead to unnecessary delays but it's very important that we always put safety first, and we do.''

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, said the increased airport security measures were "unavoidable".

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, he said jihadi extremists were deploying "devilish technical skill" to create ever more sophisticated devices to evade existing security measures.

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9:09am Wed 9 Jul 14

bosco1 says...

Another little earner for ryanair...Small fee to charge up your mobile.!?
Another little earner for ryanair...Small fee to charge up your mobile.!? bosco1
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9:40am Wed 9 Jul 14

Minty Fresh says...

Charge £2-50 to top up your phone instead of that pathetic drop off charge.
Charge £2-50 to top up your phone instead of that pathetic drop off charge. Minty Fresh
  • Score: -4

10:16am Wed 9 Jul 14

TheDistrict says...

Your safety..............
.....does not matter
Your safety.............. .....does not matter TheDistrict
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7:23pm Wed 9 Jul 14

kinsonjim says...

If the phones cannot be carried in one's hand luggage, why is it safe to have the said phone put into the main luggage to be carried in the plane's hold? If it is 'activated' one is doomed anyway. Still, more overtime for the Hurn geriatrics.
If the phones cannot be carried in one's hand luggage, why is it safe to have the said phone put into the main luggage to be carried in the plane's hold? If it is 'activated' one is doomed anyway. Still, more overtime for the Hurn geriatrics. kinsonjim
  • Score: -3

12:10am Thu 10 Jul 14

scrumpyjack says...

kinsonjim wrote:
If the phones cannot be carried in one's hand luggage, why is it safe to have the said phone put into the main luggage to be carried in the plane's hold? If it is 'activated' one is doomed anyway. Still, more overtime for the Hurn geriatrics.
Do you not think that the experts have worked that out? Or do you think they are as stupid 'as one'?

They have caught the 'liquid bombers', the 'shoe bomber' failed, the 'underpants bomber', they have stopped much, much more than we will ever know.

Of course it is unlikely they would try an attack from Bournemouth.

It's not like we have any questionables mixed in within Bournemouth (well ok there have been some terrorists raids over the last few years and they did find evidence I seem to remember from the Echo)

Then again, if we keep that 'it won't happen here it will be in London' stance then all will be fine? I wonder what you would think if you were the kind to bring down an airplane and you lived and traveled within and from Bournemouth?

All I can say is I hope Special Branch and 'the others' keep up the quality level of security they have so far.
[quote][p][bold]kinsonjim[/bold] wrote: If the phones cannot be carried in one's hand luggage, why is it safe to have the said phone put into the main luggage to be carried in the plane's hold? If it is 'activated' one is doomed anyway. Still, more overtime for the Hurn geriatrics.[/p][/quote]Do you not think that the experts have worked that out? Or do you think they are as stupid 'as one'? They have caught the 'liquid bombers', the 'shoe bomber' failed, the 'underpants bomber', they have stopped much, much more than we will ever know. Of course it is unlikely they would try an attack from Bournemouth. It's not like we have any questionables mixed in within Bournemouth (well ok there have been some terrorists raids over the last few years and they did find evidence I seem to remember from the Echo) Then again, if we keep that 'it won't happen here it will be in London' stance then all will be fine? I wonder what you would think if you were the kind to bring down an airplane and you lived and traveled within and from Bournemouth? All I can say is I hope Special Branch and 'the others' keep up the quality level of security they have so far. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 1
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