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Changes to UK aviation security

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

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)
  • Hurghada (Egypt)
  • Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (Turkey)
  • Izmir (Turkey)
  • Luxor (Egypt)
  • Marsa Alam (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 from airports in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt are no longer subject to these restrictions. 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 26 February 2018.

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.

The vast majority of carriers operating out of these airports are no longer subject to these restrictions. Some airlines have decided to maintain the ban for operational reasons. This does not reflect the security standards at these airports, but is an operational decision by individual carriers. Passengers travelling from these airports should contact their airlines for advice about whether their flights are affected:

  • Turkey:
    • Istanbul Atatürk
    • Dalaman
  • Egypt:
    • Cairo
  • Saudi Arabia:
    • Jeddah
    • Riyadh
  • Jordan:
    • Amman
  • Lebanon:
    • Beirut

The restrictions are no longer applied on any airports in Tunisia.

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 26 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. The vast majority of carriers operating from airports in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Tunisia are no longer subject to these restrictions. Passengers should contact their airlines for advice about whether their flights are affected.
  2. Hurghada and Marsa Alam airports no longer subject to restrictions on carrying large phones, laptops and tablets in the cabin.
  3. Restrictions on carrying large phones, laptops and tablets in the cabin have been lifted on all UK bound flights from Luxor (Egypt).
  4. Restrictions on carrying large electronic devices in the aircraft cabin on flights to the UK lifted at Antalya, Izmir and Bodrum airports in Turkey.
  5. Restrictions on carrying large electronic devices in the aircraft cabin on flights to the UK lifted at Tunis-Carthage International Airport.
  6. First published.