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UK Flight Restrictions on Electronics

Use this guide to check whether your electrical items are permitted inside your hand luggage or can only go in the hold.

ELECTRONIC DEVICE RESTRICTIONS: It is advisable to check that your consumer electronic devices are fully charged before you fly to and from the United Kingdom.

You will be banned from taking any electrical devices or electronic items onto the aircraft if the appliance does not switch on - as requested by flight safety staff.

Batteries for Consumer Electronics

Flight restrictions exist on lithium batteries and some other power cells.

They are used to energize items such as personal computers, laptops, cameras, and mobile phones. You should check with your airline before you travel.


As a rule you can take camera equipment in both your airplane hand and your hold luggage. But, in some cases there may be restrictions on some specialist camera equipment (e.g. professional video cameras).

Gas-powered Hair Curlers

You are permitted to take hair curlers containing a gas cartridge in your checked-in or hand luggage providing the safety cover is fitted at all times. However, you must not take separate gas cartridges on board.

UK Flight Ban on Electronic Devices: Updated 30 March 2017

Authorities in the United Kingdom announced new flight regulations prohibiting some electronic devices. Large electronic appliances got banned from carry-on baggage on selected passenger flights.

The UK flight ban on electronic devices affects those that measure larger than 16 cm long, 9.3 cm wide or 1.5cm deep. From March 25th 2017 they will need placing inside your hold luggage and get checked through. The 6 UK carriers affected by the new flight rules are:

The UK flight ban on electronic devices also affects 8 overseas airlines which are:

Electronic Devices and Electricals

Electronic Item and Electrical Goods 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 Hair Straighteners Yes Yes
Camera and Camera Equipment Yes Yes
Travel Iron Yes Yes
Electric Shaver Yes Yes

Flight Regulations on Electronic Items and Electricals