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Changes to UK aviation security

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

Airline hand luggage.

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

  • Antalya (Turkey)
  • Bodrum (Turkey)
  • Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (Turkey)
  • Izmir (Turkey)
  • Luxor (Egypt)
  • Tunis-Carthage International (Tunisia)

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.

Restrictions have also been lifted on a number of individual airlines operating from other airports. The vast majority of carriers operating out of Turkish airports are no longer subject to these restrictions. However, passengers should contact their airlines for advice about whether their flights are affected.

This page will be updated on an airport-by-airport basis, once restrictions have been lifted on all affected airlines serving the airport in question.

This information is correct as of 7 December 2017.

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

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 restrictions, although some individual airlines may be exempt. Passengers travelling from these airports should contact their airlines for advice about whether their flights are affected:

  • Turkey:
    • Istanbul Atatürk
    • Dalaman
  • Egypt:
    • Cairo
    • Hurghada
    • Marsa Alam
  • Saudi Arabia:
    • Jeddah
    • Riyadh
  • Jordan:
    • Amman
  • Lebanon:
    • Beirut
Unsure which electronic devices you can take in the cabin on flights to the UK? Check with your airline for more information.

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Published 28 July 2017
Last updated 7 December 2017 + full page history
  1. Restrictions on carrying large phones, laptops and tablets in the cabin have been lifted on all UK bound flights from Luxor (Egypt).
  2. Restrictions on carrying large electronic devices in the aircraft cabin on flights to the UK lifted at Antalya, Izmir and Bodrum airports in Turkey.
  3. Restrictions on carrying large electronic devices in the aircraft cabin on flights to the UK lifted at Tunis-Carthage International Airport.
  4. First published.