5. Electronic devices and electrical items

What you’re allowed to take on a flight depends on which country you are travelling to or from.

Inbound flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia

You must put all phones, tablets or laptops in your hold luggage if they are larger than:

  • 16cm in length
  • 9.3cm in width
  • 1.5cm in depth (or thickness)

For example, you can take an iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy 7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G3 or Sony Xperia Z2 as hand luggage.

This also applies to:

  • any items you buy at duty free in the airport
  • connecting flights via these countries, even if your journey started elsewhere

You can still bring hairdryers, straighteners, travel irons, electrical shavers and e-cigarettes as hand luggage.

All other flights

Follow these rules for flights to or from any other countries except Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia.

Item Allowed in hand luggage Allowed in hold luggage
Mobile phone Yes Yes
Laptop Yes Yes
Tablet devices Yes Yes
MP3 player Yes Yes
Hairdryer or straighteners Yes Yes
Travel iron Yes Yes
Electric shaver Yes Yes
E-cigarettes Yes No


You can usually take camera equipment in your hand and hold luggage. There might be restrictions on specialist equipment, for example professional video cameras.

Flying to and from the UK

Make sure your electronic devices are charged before you travel. If your device doesn’t switch on when requested, you won’t be allowed to take it onto the aircraft.

Batteries for your device

Check the restrictions on certain types of batteries or contact your airline if you’re not sure what you can carry.

Gas-powered hair curlers

You can take hair curlers containing a gas cartridge in checked or hand luggage as long as the safety cover is fitted at all times. You must not take separate gas cartridges on board.