I have seen recently that the US and UK have announced that all 'electronic devices' will have to be 'powered up' before allowing them on board a plane, I believe for the UK it's on all flights though I am not sure about the US.

Starting next month I am going to doing a fair amount of travelling overseas and I am concerned about some particular items I will be carrying like an external HDD, Apple TV, Apple wifi router and a mini PC (similar size to the Apple TV).

These devices don't have a battery and so can't be 'powered up', even if they are plugged in to the mains without a screen or keyboard you wouldn't really be able to tell they were actually 'on'.

I have tried to find out what the 'rules' are but they seem intentionally vague, does anyone have experience of carrying similar devices recently and know whether there might be a problem with the above.

I don't really want to end up at the airport facing losing a lot of expensive equipment and valuable data or missing the flight.

  • Hi, thanks for that but I don't think it really is a duplicate, I wouldn't have any issue with explaining to someone what I was carrying, my question is really regardless of whatever explanation I could give to the security staff if I can't 'power up' will the stuff get confiscated!
    – blackmamba
    Commented Sep 1, 2014 at 18:05
  • Rob, are you taking apple tv onboard? Commented Sep 1, 2014 at 18:08
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    ok, I just noticed that apple tv is a small device :) I thought it is a Tv :D Commented Sep 1, 2014 at 18:11
  • Well I will take it with me, I don't mind checking it in if I have too, FYI it's just a small black box about 4"x4" it's not an actual "TV" ... confusing I know :)
    – blackmamba
    Commented Sep 1, 2014 at 18:13
  • Rob, these wont be a problem, it wont fit a bomb inside, I have explain the logic behind these new security measures in the other answer, same thing applies here. Commented Sep 1, 2014 at 18:15

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The checks only relate to hand luggage. Check it in.

I've done a dozen flights out of the UK since this alert, and I haven't been challenged yet to carry this out.

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