A flat battery could delay your departure

Posted Date: 13 October 2014
Flat phone

A flat phone could get you into trouble!

Airport Security

Things have changed with airline security. Not only must you be able to turn your phone off or put it into flight mode, but you must be able to prove you can also turn it on!

A flat battery on your electronic item may be considered a risk for some airlines, and devices have been confiscated from travellers - with the chances of being reunited with them an uncertain and distant possibility.

Getting through security and in the air

There are new regulations applying to all flights into and out of the UK and US.

All passengers flying into or out of UK and US airports must now ensure their phones and tablets are charged so they can prove to security staff the devices aren’t disguised bombs.

At this stage it doesn’t apply to New Zealand or Australian airports however, if you’re travelling to the UK or US via Europe, Africa or the Middle East you will be affected.

There have been cases of passengers on flights to Britain and the US where they have been asked to demonstrate that their devices actually work before they even got on the flight.

British Airways for example have reported that passengers who fail to turn on devices when asked will not be allowed to take the item on their travels with them. 

They also warn that a new phone or tablet, even if it was purchased at the airport after clearing security, will have to be charged before the passenger will be allowed to fly.

So in order to avoid this, a charge cable for your smart phone or tablet could be considered essential carry-on items. It’s unfortunate that something as simple as a flat battery could see you parted from your valuable device, but it’s important to be aware of.

Don’t become a target

Consider what devices you want to take with you to help you plan your trip, get information and check in with friends while away.

It’s important to take whatever you think will make your trip better, but be careful. Electronics can in some cases be as much hassle as benefit. The best advice we can suggest is to simply take what you need, and make sure you can maintain it while you’re away. For safety’s sake, keep them hidden as much as possible. Electronic devices can easily be sold and are therefore top targets for pickpockets. If they can’t be seen, thieves won’t be tempted.

Make a list

If you itemise your electronic items and accessories, it will help you remember to pack everything   each time you leave the hotel, and it could also help if you do need to make an insurance claim.

If you do need to make a claim, make sure you have kept your receipts. Most stores can reprint these for you if needed.  If the item was stolen, make sure you obtain a police report within 24 hours of the theft occurring. Remember, without insurance you’ll have no financial backup - so always purchase TravelCare before you leave from Southern Cross Travel Insurance!

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