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New passport checks could force more travel disruption

New passport checks at Britain's ports are introduced on 8 April. Credit: PA

Passport exit checks at ports could lead to more travel problems following the Easter break.

In an effort to clamp down on illegal immigration, every traveller leaving the UK will have their passports checked at ferry ports for the first time in 20 years.

Ferry operators predicted that the exit checks, which are to be introduced on 8 April, could lead to long delays and lengthy traffic queues.

The companies have also warned of hold-ups on roads to Dover with "coach-loads of grannies" having to have their passports checked.

Immigration minister James Brokenshire, who has advised travellers to set off in good time, said he said he did not recognise the "extreme" stories about how the changes could impact travellers and insisted there were contingency plans ready.

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BA: Passengers can have 'uncharged' devices posted

British Airways says passengers can have their devices posted to them. Credit: PA

British Airways has updated its guidance on broken or "uncharged" electronic devices, and now says customers can have them posted to an address of their choosing in order to fly.

Previously, BA had warned that customers found in possession of a device that would not turn on would be forced to miss their flight.

The airline now says that passengers can rebook if they wish to carry the device in their hand luggage, or have it either posted or ready to collect on their return.

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