updated 10:39 am EDT, Wed July 9, 2014
Department for Transport requires electronics to power on for security checks
Following on from a recent decision by the US Transportation Security Administration effectively banning uncharged electronics on flights to the United States, the United Kingdom is preparing to do something similar. The Department for Transport is now requiring air passengers arriving or departing the UK to have their devices charged before going through security checkpoints.
"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," the Department advised, according to CNET. "In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may 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."
The Department for Transport refused to comment on which routes will be affected, but that it will "work with the aviation industry to minimize disruption as far as possible." A similar comment was made by the TSA for its announcement, though reports suggested this would cover locations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
While there has yet to be any guidance as to what will happen to devices left behind, The Telegraph reports that British Airways is offering passengers the ability to rebook to a later service, to leave their device at the airport in order to collect it when they return, or to have the device forwarded to an address of their choice.