Earlier this month, the United States’ Transport Security Administration updated its policies for people traveling with electronic devices. The short version is that travellers may be required to power on their devices by a TSA agent at the airport. Devices that don’t turn on won’t be allowed on the plane, which means your devices can’t be out of battery if you want to take them on the plane. Now, the UK has warned passengers that those flying some routes into and out of the UK might need to power on their devices, too.
"On 2 July we announced we were stepping up some of our aviation security measures," a Department for Transport spokesperson said. "In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up or face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft. Passengers flying into or out of the UK are therefore advised to make sure electronic devices being carried in their hand luggage are charged before they travel."
The Department for Transport said that '‘for obvious reasons' it won’t be commenting on the specific routes affected by this change, but says disruption should be minimal.
Of course, what isn’t addressed is what happens if your phone dies and you can’t turn it on. Do you have to throw it away? Can you have it shipped to you? Do you have to rebook your flight? Ideally, airport security should have chargers that they can use to turn on your phone to ensure it powers on. Whether or not that will happen remains to be been.