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Cabin Ban on Electronics Update

25th March 2017

With the announcement last week that there was going to be a ban on most electronic devices on flights from certain destinations bound for the United States, to which the UK then followed suit,  we now have a little more information and some details of how some airlines are looking to assist their passengers.

The Bans of both the British and USA variant come in to force today.

Restrictions on flights bound for the UK affect flights originating from Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Restrictions on flights bound for the USA originating from Turkey, Kuwait, Morocco, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt.

The Ban precludes all electronic devices from being taken into the main cabin with the exception of mobile phones and essential medical equipment.

All devices that are part of the restriction will have to placed in checked baggage.

So what are the Airlines doing about this?

Well some of them not a lot at the moment but Turkish Airlines has been the first to come up with a solution, even if only temporary and maybe not to everyone’s liking.

Turkish airlines will essentially let you hand in your electronic devices at the gate where they will be wrapped and placed in communal hard sided cases which will be placed in the hold. These can then be claimed at the gate when you reach either the UK or the USA.

British Airways on the other hand, whilst not offering a similar service yet has announced that when passengers have booked a cabin baggage only flight they will be allowed now check a bag for free to enable you to take your electronics home with you. The only issue is there are big restrictions to this. You need to have booked your ticket before 22nd March 2017 for travel before the 4th April 2017. Anything outside that you will need to pay for a checked bag should you be on a hand baggage only ticket.


The Current BA Sales – up to 20% off over 200,000 seats

British Airways Current Promotion which runs until the midnight is offering over 200,000 seats with up to 20% off. To coincide with this deal BA are also offering discounts on selected holidays, luxury holidays and beach holidays.

All offers are only available on selected departure dates although there seems to be relatively good availability on sale prices at present with exceptional bargains to be found in the holiday sale.

The offer claims to have a minimum of 200,000 available, although as with all flight prices as these sell out you can probably expect the prices to creep higher. BA itself warns that after the sale, seats may go for less than the current sale price although at present all the routes we have checked do offer a discount over the offered price a few weeks back.

It must be noted that the offer only applies to flight originating and returning to the UK.

View the BA Sale Page here.

Some of the routes on offer and current lowest prices during the specified travel dates:

North America: Date available 26th December 2016-29th March 2017

  • Atlanta from £588 Return
  • Calgary from £607 Return
  • Dallas from £535 Return
  • New York from £397 Return
  • San Diego from £500 Return
  • San Jose CA from £557 Return
  • Vancouver from £582 Return

Middle East and Africa: Dates available 12th September 2016 – 30th June 2017

  • Accra from £601 Return
  • Amman from £444 Return
  • Muscat from £338 Return

Far East: Dates available 12th September 2016 – 30th June 2017

  • Beijing from £478 Return
  • Hong Kong from £448 Return
  • Singapore from £519 Return

Holiday Sale:

There are many destinations and combinations available in the sale and again dates available vary by destination but some examples of what appears good value are. ( all prices include return flights based on London departure )

  • 2 Nights in Venice staying at the Centrale Hotel from £93-£95, Price currently available for most departure dates through to march 2017.
  • 2 Nights in Malaga staying at the Adriano Hotel from £94-£111, Departures are limited at this price although several dates per month are currently available.
  • 7 Nights in Barbados staying at the All Seasons Resort Europa from £499 room only, Departure dates are readily available in May – June 2017.

All of the prices quoted and availability are as at 5th September 2016. Flights are Economy class unless stated.

Link to the BA Sale page is here.