Electronics Restricted on Some Flights
You can probably take your BlackBerryon domestic flights.WASHINGTONThe U.S. Transportation Security Administration is only restricting liquids and gels on all flights originating in the United States, a spokesperson told eWEEK Aug. 10. But that doesnt mean you can take electronic devices on all flights as carry-on luggage. As a result of the change in the terrorist threat level to Code Red, or Severe, on flights to the United States from the United Kingdom, significant restrictions exist on those flights, including, in some cases, elimination of all electronics of any kind from carry-on luggage. In a statement released early in the morning on Aug. 10, British Airways said it will not allow electronics of any kind in carry-on luggage on its flights. This includes, according to the statement, iPods, laptop computers, cell phones, BlackBerrys, and even electronic car keys and key fobs.
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- Check with the TSA.gov Web site for the latest travel rules.
- Check with your airline, especially if youre traveling internationally.
- You can take your laptop, BlackBerry, cell phone and iPod on domestic flights, but be prepared for some creative interpretations of rules until individual security screeners get their instructions.
- Be prepared to check all of your electronics, including your laptop, if youre traveling on an international flight. You can buy cases for this if you plan ahead.
- If you carry specialized electronics or electronics test equipment, plan to FedEx them so they meet you at your destination.
- Be prepared for chaos at the airport, and for unpleasant meetings, as millions of travelers are forced to dump their deodorant, toothpaste, shaving cream and makeup at the airport screening stations.