Helping holiday makers affected by new aviation security
29th March 2017
New aviation security rules introduced by the UK government mean that electronic devices, including laptops, tablets and e-readers, larger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm cannot be carried as hand luggage on direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
Graeme Trudgill, Executive Director at the British Insurance Brokers’ Association said: “These additional measures may mean that holiday makers should check the extent of their travel insurance cover for limitations in respect of loss or damage to electronic and valuable items stowed in the hold.”
The good news is that in response to this, BIBA’s accredited travel insurance provider, Syndicate DTW1991, has today confirmed that it is extending baggage cover under its Holiday Travel+ policy to cover claims made for loss, theft or damage to electronic devices checked in with hold baggage by UK passengers flying on these restricted flights.
Cover will be up to the policy limits and is subject to all other policy terms and conditions. If holiday makers need to make a claim they must obtain a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) from the carrier which are usually available from the airline’s baggage desk within the baggage reclaim area.
Other valuables and electronic equipment not included in the restrictions are usually only covered if carried in hand luggage and kept with you during the flight either below the seat in front of you or in the overhead lockers immediately above your head. Mobile phones may not be covered under your travel policy.
Trudgill concluded: “This is good news for customers who may have been concerned about their electronic devices. A BIBA broker can help customers access this cover – find a broker at www.biba.co.uk