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UK airports initiate new security checks

Passengers leaving or entering UK, USA, Middle East and Africa more likely to be affected
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Heathrow Airport, London
Batteries must be sufficiently charged so electronic devices can turn on

Passengers flying into and out of the UK may be subject to increased in-depth security checks. Security in UK airports has been increased after potential terrorists believed to originate from within Syria and Yemen. With the worldwide summer holiday rush underway, passengers are urged to comply with the restrictions to curtail delays. Passengers leaving or entering the UK, USA, Middle East and Africa are more likely to experience the heightened security measures.

In addition to more random screenings at checkpoints, body scanners, and more thorough footwear checks, passengers should be aware of new checks on electronic devices. Travellers may now be asked to turn on electronic devices, such as mobile phones, laptops, cameras, tablets, electric razors and even hair straighteners when passing through airport security. If the device’s battery is flat and unable to switch on, it may not be permitted on the aircraft.

The passenger may be permitted to board and the device sent on a later flight. Other possibilities include both passenger and device boarding a later flight (provided that it has charged up by then) or couriering the device to its owner. Passengers are advised to check with their airline before departure for specific arrangements.

If battery power is low, several airline lounges and airport departure areas provide charging facilities. London Heathrow airport provides 4,500 public power sockets free of charge.