Britain joins the US in banning uncharged smartphones from flights

The UK's transport authority has just announced air travelers will be expected to carry fully charged smart devices or be declined for boarding planes.

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Published Fri, Jul 11 2014 4:32 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:15 PM CST

Britain has now joined the United States in demanding that travelers have fully-charged smart devices before they're allowed to board flights.

Britain joins the US in banning uncharged smartphones from flights | TweakTown.com

Britain's Department for Transport has said that, "in line with" advice from the US, prospective passengers can be harassed into proving their devices are powered up - otherwise they may not be allowed to board certain flights. "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 said in a statement.

It's likely to be viewed as a rather over-the-top move, much like the recent decision by US policymakers. As anyone who has had the pleasure of air travel will know, sometimes it's not always possible to keep your device charged up - especially when charging stations at airports can be limited. British Airways recently announced it would outright ban uncharged devices from flights before reversing the decision, and allowing passengers the option of having their phones or tablets forwarded to their destination in the mail.

NEWS SOURCE:cnet.com

Tamlin Magee is based in London. His name can be found around the web and in print, and he's mostly interested in the ways the rapid rate of technological development is affecting us and our surroundings.

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