Changes to airline hand luggage allowance

Mobile phones

Passengers flying on any route to or from Britain could face anti-terror checks on electronic gadgets, ministers have announced.

All travellers flying to or from Britain have been warned they may have to switch on mobile phones, laptops and other gadgets at security to prove they are working properly.

The measure was introduced recently but until now it has only applied to US flights, with passengers told they will be unable to take items on board unless they can switch them on.

But last night the Department for Transport announced that its policy now applies to passengers "on some routes both to and from the UK".