News reports today outlined changes in what one can and cannot take on board certain electrical devices! Read the full article HERE
In a nutshell, ONLY mobile phones can now be taken on board in hand luggage – laptops, tablets, kindles must be placed in luggage that goes in the hold of the aircraft. This regulation affects passengers travelling on some direct flights to the UK from certain countries.
How does this affect South Africans travelling to the UK? Any passenger who travels on the following airlines may be affected: Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air and Saudia.
However, you should assume that even though your port of ORIGIN is not one of these countries listed, people travelling from South Africa via any of the Middle East cities to the UK, should expect that large devices will not be permitted to be included in hand luggage on the leg of the trip from the Middle East to the UK. In the unlikely event that you ARE permitted to take your devices on board your flight in your hand luggage when you leave South Africa, it is bound to cause a problem at your transit airport. And if your main luggage has been booked in to your final destination, you’re going to be sitting in Istanbul or Cairo etc with a problem of how to get your device to your final destination.