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Update: British Airways Update Security Regulations to USA

Tue, 8 July 2014

Update: British Airways Update Security Regulations to USA

Update: 10/07/2014 

British Airways have updated their terms again in accordance with our own government and appears to be more forgiving than previously publicised.

If customers are not able to demonstrate that their device has power, British Airways will not allow their device to be taken with them on their planned service. Broken devices will also be met with the same precautions, therefore you will not be able to take them even in your hand luggage. BA's previous update to their security measures suggested you would not be able to fly at all that day. 

Customers can also visit the UK Government website for the very latest information on flights to and from the UK.

The original story follows...

It’s been reported that some UK airports are supporting the US Transportation Security Adminstration’s additional security measures for those flying to the United States and now it appears that the airlines themselves are also getting involved.

British Airways have released news that they will be introduced more searches and questions before a customer is allowed to board their flights to the USA.

The main change is that any customers flying with any kind of electronic or battery powered device will be required to show them working and functioning in front of security teams. Such items include but are not limited to mobile phones, tablets, e-books and laptops.

Customers who are unable to demonstrate their device will be refused entry that day or will be required to hand over their device to security with the chance to claim it back upon your return. 

BA are advising all customers to make sure their devices are sufficiently charged before your flight, and for transferring customers to not “deplete the power in your devices while on the first part of your journey”. Customers should not take broken devices either since they cannot be correctly demonstrated.

To help clear up any confusion, the airline have released an FAQ which is posted below.

It seems this only affects flights to the USA, but other sanctions may apply. If you would like more information from British Airways, please visit batraveltrade.com


What electronic devices are covered by this change of security regulations?

All electronic devices such as tablets, telephones, e-books, laptops are covered by these additional searches. If the security teams ask you to turn on an electronic device in your possession you will be required to do so.

What happens if I don’t have any power left in my electronic device?

If you are unable to power up your electronic device you will not be allowed to fly. If it does not power up then it cannot be placed in your hand or hold luggage.

Please do all you can to ensure that any electronic device you have is fully powered before you arrive at the airport. There will be very limited facilities at airports to charge electronic items.

I am transferring through London on a flight and then onto the US. What happens if my electronic device has run out of battery power by the time I arrive?

All electronic devices must have power and if you are unable to power up your item you will not be allowed to fly.

Please use your electrical and electronic devices sparingly if you are going to fly on a long journey before getting to London and then transferring onto a US destination.

If my electronic device doesn’t have any power, will I be allowed to rebook?

If your device doesn’t power up when you are requested to do so, you will not be allowed to fly to the US on your original service. Our customer services team will look after the rebooking of your travel arrangements.

Will all customers on US flights be subject to the additional security measures?

All customers flying to the US must be prepared to have their electronic items searched and they must have sufficient power to be used.

I have just purchased a new electronic item from an airport shop. Can I carry it on board if it has no power?

You must be prepared to demonstrate that the item has power. The item and its packaging may also be examined by security teams at the boarding gate. Please do all you can to ensure that any new electronic items you purchase at the airport have power before you reach the boarding gate.

Will there be extra charging points at the airport?

There will be some extra charging points, but you need to ensure that your own devices have enough power at all times. Please do all you can to ensure that your electronic devices are fully powered before arriving at the airport.

Can I use my device on board?

Yes, you can use your devices on board. Our normal guidelines of using electronic devices in Flight Safe mode continue.

(NB: For more information see the British Airways "Your Questions" board and download their guide )

I no longer wish to travel. Can I change my flight?

We expect to operate a full schedule of flights to and from the US and therefore normal ticket rules apply.

Can I use a mobile boarding pass as normal?

Yes, you will still be able to use your mobile device as a boarding pass. Please ensure that any electronic devices you have your mobile boarding pass on have sufficient battery life and power before arriving at the airport.

I am flying to a destination outside of the US. What will I be required to do?

This regulation applied to travel to the US, however we need to comply with all the required security regulations for each country we fly to.

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