Cell phone flat? Forget about boarding your flight

2014-07-09 11:43

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

London - Ever had one of those disastrous airport trips where everything just seems to be going wrong, and then to top it all off your cell phone is on 1% battery and there’s nowhere to charge it before you fly.

It’s the worst, isn’t it?

Well, news.co.au reports that it’s about to get even worse for passengers flying into or out of British and US airports, as uncharged phones and laptops will soon be a big taboo.  

New security checks will see passengers being asked to turn their electronic devices on. If they are not able to do so, the will be barred from boarding the flight, even if they offer to leave their device behind.  

Apparently, the stringent new rules surrounding electronics have been informed by the suspicion that extremists such as Al-Qaeda could use rundown electronics to hide explosives, as their latest tactic in a long campaign of attacks involving jets.

The Telegraph reports that even a new device bought in the airport lounge after passing through security will have to be charged up or the passenger will not be allowed to board at the gate.  

Any transfer passenger whose device has gone flat on the first leg will also be prevented from their onward travel unless they can recharge first.

The screenings will only apply to passengers flying into the UK or US from Europe, Africa and the Middle East. 
Read more on:    flights  |  air travel  |  travel  |  travel international

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.


24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside Travel


#FindYourEscape with Traveller24

Your insider guide to exploring South Africa and the world...
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.