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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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Govt: Security information 'under constant review'

The Government is "constantly" reviewing new leads to potential security threats to the UK, the Transport Minister told Good Morning Britain.

Patrick McLoughlin tried to reassure the public the Government was doing everything it could to keep air passengers safe after it asked anyone flying to or from the UK to keep their mobile phones switched on through security checks.

However, the Conservative minister refused to say what the security threat was "we don't go into the exact details of the information we've received."

UK airport passengers advised to charge devices

All air passengers flying into or out of UK airports have been advised to make sure electronic devices in their hand luggage are charged before they travel.

Passengers are being advised to keep electronic devices in their hand luggage fully charged. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The updated guidance has been issued by the Department for Transport "in line with the US advice".

A DfT spokesman said, "Passengers flying into or out of the UK are therefore advised to make sure electronic devices being carried in their hand luggage are charged before they travel."

BA: Passengers with uncharged devices will miss flight

British Airways passengers who attempt to board a plane to the United States with an uncharged electronic device will not be allowed to fly, the airline has announced.

Some passengers with broken or uncharged devices face missing their flights. Credit: Frank Rumpenhorst/DPA

The measure follows new rules enforced in the US which stated that mobile phones, laptops, tablets and other devices without power would not be allowed onto flights in hand luggage.

In response, new British government guidelines say devices that do not switch on would not be allowed on to aircraft bound for the States.

Meanwhile British Airways has taken the extra step of telling customers that customers who bring broken or uncharged devices will have to re-book.

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