A new ban on carrying electronic devices larger than mobile phones in hand luggage is now in force in the UK. The restriction is in place for our safety, but what about our devices?

Duncan Sutcliffe, director, Sutcliffe & Co explains: “Most airlines will not refund passengers if their electronic items are damaged, stolen or lost, if packed in hold luggage. Similarly, most travel and household insurances will not cover lost, stolen or damaged electrical equipment placed in the hold. With this new restriction in place meaning laptops and tablets will have to be in hold luggage, policyholders need to make sure their insurance protects them.”

The restrictions apply if you are on a flight inbound to the UK that originates or goes via airports in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia or Saudi Arabia. [Full details available here: https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions/electronic-devices-and-electrical-items ]

This comes hot on the heels of the US applying similar restrictions.

Duncan concluded: “If you are uncertain what’s covered with your insurance, then speak with your insurance broker or provider to get clarity before you fly.”

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