Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Charge it or lose it

On Saturday, Pam and I will fly from Manchester with our family for a holiday in Portugal. As normal, we will have certain electronic devices in our hand luggage including mobile phones and in my case an iPod, a bluetooth speaker and two cameras as well.

We need to make sure that they are all charged up so they can be switched on because UK airports have stepped up security measures in the face of a “credible threat”. Any electronic device that cannot be switched on to show that it works as it should will be refused.

US authorities have singled out Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices for particular attention because they believe that these are being replicated by terrorist groups as potential weapons. 

Although routes to America are the main target for these checks, the UK aviation authority say that flights to European destinations will also be included but do not specify which.

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