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Turkey to UK flights - electronic device restrictions - update July 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 August 2017

Ban on electronic devices

Article updated 31st August 2017: The last article published by KTLN on this subject was in May 2017.  Click here to read the article

Today we report on a partial relaxation of the ban on certain electronic devices being taken in hand luggage for some flights from Turkey to the UK.

Unfortunately the change does not affect Dalaman or Antalya airports at the moment, so the additional hand luggage restrictions remain in place for the time being at the airports nearest to us in Kalkan.

However we take this movement as a positive sign and hopefully it is only a matter of time before other Turkish airports follow.

Below we provide a link to the official update from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).  It explains how the ban has been lifted at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen airport.

Click here to read the FCO web site update

Whilst the official web site announcement only mentions one airport dispensing with the ban, there are media reports quoting UK Transport Minister, Chris Grayling, as saying that flights to the UK from Istanbul (both Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen airports) and Izmir no longer have these additional restrictions in place.

If the ban is lifted at other Turkish airports we will let you know immediately on KTLN.

Update 1st August 2017: Further to the recent announcement from the UK government, it looks like easyJet has broken ranks and is the first to say that you can now keep your electronic devices in hand luggage on all flights from Turkey - including Dalaman, with effect from 2nd August 2017. No updates yet from Thomas Cook Airlines, Monarch or Jet2. Hopefully they will catch up. 

Update 10th August 2017: Thomas Cook Airlines has joined Easyjet in dropping the cabin ban on electronic devices. 

Update 12th August 2017: Jet2.com has joined Thomas Cook Airlines and Easyjet in dropping the cabin ban on electronic devices.  

Update 31st August 2017: Pegasus airlines and Turkish airlines lifted the ban on 14th August and Monarch Airlines has lifted these restrictions with effect from 1st September 2017.

In the meantime we suggest checking with your airline for the very latest position before you fly. 

Feedback that we have received paints a rather confusing picture with some airlines apparently using their discretion on what electronic devices are and are not allowed in the cabin.  Whilst this flexibility may appear sensible it does create inconsistencies and may result in some travelers being disappointed where rules are strictly adhered to.

We continue to welcome your feedback on how these rules are being applied on the ground.  Please let us know your experience: Contact KTLN

This article was originally published by KTLN on 28th July 2017.


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