UK electronics flight ban - Saga has customers covered

Friday 24 March 2017

The government has announced new restrictions with immediate effect regarding electronic devices that you can and cannot take with you inside the cabin or in hand luggage to and from the UK on flights to certain countries.

The named countries are Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. 

People travelling with devices larger than 9.3cm wide x 16cm length and 1.5cm in depth such as laptops and tablet computers from all airports in these countries on flights to and from the UK must now have them stowed in the hold of the plane for the duration of the flight, after the usual security checks.

The UK airlines affected are in-bound flights from the named countries on British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, Thomson and Thomas Cook. 

The same rules apply to people using Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Tunis Air, Saudia, Egyptair, Middle East Airlines, Royal Jordanian and Atlas-Global Airlines.

These restrictions apply to the whole duration of the flight, including any stop-offs. 

Head of Saga Travel Insurance, Kevin McMullan said: “It is important for people to check their travel insurance policies before travelling as insurers will, as standard, not generally cover damage, loss or theft of items such as laptops and tablets when they are carried in the plane’s hold. However, Saga Travel Insurance customers travelling back from the countries in question will be covered for a maximum of £600 per item and an overall total of £1,000 as long as any item is placed in a locked suitcase. Customers should ensure that items are adequately protected from damage and the airline should be notified of any loss or damage as soon as possible."

For more information visit the Saga website.

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