Hartlepool sunseekers warned to charge electronic devices before flying

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SUNSEEKERS have been advised to ensure any electronic devices are charged up before the fly out of the UK.

The Department of Transport has updated guidance telling any passengers leaving the country that items such as mobile phones or tablets must be charged should they need to be checked by security.

The regulation initially centred around flights to the USA and has since been changed to all flights.

And anyone who has no battery on their devices will not be allowed to take them on board a plane.

Martyn Hall, manager of Regent Travel, in York Road, says his clients are being advised of the regulation when they receive their documents.

He said: “As part of the final intinerary we give to the customer, we will be telling them about this new regulation so they are aware of it when they get to the airport.

“I think it will cause delays, particularly if the devices are switched off as it takes a couple of minutes for them to power up.”

A spokesman for DfT 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.”