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Changes to UK aviation security

Large phones, laptops and tablets now allowed in the cabin on some flights to the UK from Turkey.

Restrictions on carrying large phones, laptops and tablets in the cabin have been lifted on all UK bound flights from the following airport:

  • Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen

Passengers on flights where restrictions have been lifted will now be able to take large phones, laptops, tablets and accessories into the cabin with them. Normal cabin baggage restrictions will continue to apply.

Passengers with questions about what the changes mean for them should contact their airlines for advice.

This information is correct as of 28 July 2017.

The UK government has lifted a ban on carrying large electronic devices in the aircraft cabin of some flights to the UK from Turkey.

Restrictions on carrying large phones, laptops, tablets and accessories into the cabin of UK-bound flights from Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia were introduced in March.

However, after working with the aviation industry and international partners to introduce tough additional security measures, the UK government has begun lifting these restrictions on some UK-bound flights.

Restrictions remain in place at other airports and will be lifted on a case-by-case basis once the UK government has verified that airlines have put in place alternative security measures, and that it is safe and proportionate to do so.

The following airports continue to be affected by the restrictions:

  • Turkey:
    • Istanbul Atatürk
    • Izmir
    • Bodrum
    • Antalya
    • Dalaman
  • Egypt:
    • Cairo
    • Hurghada
    • Marsa Alam
    • Luxor
  • Saudi Arabia:
    • Jeddah
    • Riyadh
  • Jordan:
    • Amman
  • Lebanon:
    • Beirut
  • Tunisia:
    • Tunis

Passengers with questions about what the changes mean for them should contact their airlines for advice.

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