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July 28, 2014


NEW Aviation Security Measures – What you need to know when travelling with electronic devices

by Jason Dutton-Smith
Destination USA!

New government aviation security measures have been introduced for all passengers travelling with electronic devices. If you are travelling with your iPad, iPhone or mobile/cell phone, laptop or other electronic devices then you need to be aware of the new aviation security measures in effect from July 2014. This is what you need to know in order to avoid having your electronic devices confiscated without having to go through the hassle of being denied boarding should you refuse to give these items up.  

What is the new change?

Governments around the world have mandated a new security measure for all passengers to ensure that all electronic devices are in working order before boarding the aircraft. These devices must be able to be switched on/off on demand at security check points. These include all portable electronic devices and equipment such as mobile/cell phones, iPad, laptop and any other device that can be switched on or off.

The new measure also requires all devices with a lithium battery, such as cameras, to be part of your carry-on luggage and not part of your checked baggage.

Who does it affect?

All passengers travelling by air will be required to comply with the new measures and must be able to demonstrate that the device can be switched on/off at the security check point, regardless of which airline you are travelling with.

When do the new measures take affect?

This new security measure commenced from July 2014 and will be in place until further notice (although we anticipate this new measure will be a permanent requirement). Currently it’s mandatory for all travel to both the United States and the United Kingdom but other airports and locations have also adapted the new security measure.

What do I need to do at security check points?

You will be required to demonstrate to security officials that your device can be turned on/off before proceeding through the check point. For example, any device that is switched off will need to be switched on to show it’s in working order.

What if my battery is flat?

As the security measure asks for clear demonstration of the device working, your device may be confiscated at security if you are not fully able to demonstrate its working ability.  There is also the potential of being denied boarding for your flight if you refuse to give up your device. It’s recommended that your device remain charged to be able to be switched on/off. Always ensure your chargers are packed in your carry-on baggage.

Can I pack electronic items in my checked baggage?

You may be required to return to the check in counter to open your bags and demonstrate your camera, laptop or other devices can be operated. The general recommendation is to always travel with your personal devices in your carry-on baggage to avoid missing your flight as well as avoiding the risk of damage during transit.

For more information on travel insurance for your checked luggage, read our blog about Blue Ribbon Baggage Insurance.

What if I bought a new device at Duty Free?

You may be asked to take the device out of the packaging and present it  to security on request. Most new items have enough charge to turn the device on/off.

So remember:

  • Always have enough charge in your devices to turn them on/off
  • Ensure your charging devices are carried in your carry-on luggage
  • Keep your device handy at all security check points
  • Do not pack electronic devices in your checked baggage
  • Allow extra time to go through security in case of delays

Have you have experienced this new security measure on your travels? Do you have any further tips for travelling through security? Let us know in the comments field below.

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thailand Hotels
    Aug 5 2014

    This is very comprehensively nice piece of information. I will have to keep these in mind. Going on vacation is all about having fun, but poor planning can ruin your trip before you get to your destination.


  2. Faye Sturm
    Aug 24 2014

    Great info and reminder to have all your devices charged.



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