Where is it illegal to take a laptop
onto my flight?
UK passengers travelling to certain airports in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are not permitted to fly with laptops and other electrical devices larger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm in their carry-on baggage. Certain airports are excluded from the ban such as Antalya, Bodrum, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Izmir (Turkey) as well as Cairo, Luxor and Hurghada (Egypt)
Here is a full list of airports that are excluded from the ban:
- Cairo, Egypt
- Hurghada, Egypt
- Luxor, Egypt
- Marsa Alam, Egypt
- Amman, Jordan
- Beirut, Lebanon
- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Tunis-Carthage Internationa, Tunisia
- Antalya, Turkey
- Bodrum, Turkey
- Dalaman, Turkey
- Istanbul Atatürk, Turkey
- Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, Turkey
- Izmir, Turkey
This means that the majority of laptops and tablets will need to be put into checked luggage. This includes hard drives and keyboards, even if they are bought in duty-free.
What are the rules for flying
with a laptop?
When going through airport security with a laptop in your hand luggage, it is important to remove the laptop from your main bag and place it into a separate tray. This is because the dense hardware in your laptop may make the x-ray difficult to read. It is important to make sure that your electronic devices are charged before you travel, as airport staff may ask you to switch on your device at security.
Once on board your flight, you will normally be asked to put your laptop away during take off and landing. In order to comply with safety regulations, you will normally have to remove headphones, if you are using them, during take-off and landing so that you are able to hear any safety instructions. All electronic devices should be kept in flight mode for the duration of your flight.
Can I take my laptop
in my hand luggage when flying to the UK?
Passengers are not permitted to take their laptop in their carry-on baggage to the United Kingdom if the device is larger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm and they are traveling from Lebanon or Saudi Arabia. Passengers traveling to the UK from all other destinations are able to pack their laptop in the hand luggage.
Are laptops allowed in
Laptops are allowed in your checked baggage, however, many passengers prefer to keep their laptops in their carry-on baggage in order to be sure they are not damaged during transit.
Do airport scanners
Computers, laptops and tablets are not damaged by the x-ray radiation emmitted by airport scanners. The same applies for MP3 players, cell phones, USB drives and other electronics.