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Don’t get grounded by your flat battery

Red7 , July 9, 2014

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If your phone won’t charge, you won’t fly.

That’s the stark warning from airline chiefs in the wake of beefed up security checks at UK airports.

The Department for Transport has announced that all holidaymakers flying to and from the UK could be told to turn on their mobile phones as part of tough new security rules. The extra security checks were introduced last week on US flights and have now been extended.

A spokesperson said: “In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up or face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft. 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.”

British Airways said last week that passengers flying to the US may be asked to turn on any electronic or battery-powered devices such as telephones, tablets, e-books and laptops in front of security teams and/or demonstrate the item’s functionality.

Put your phone into power-saving mode

Turn off the automatic brightness mode and turn down screen brightness. You could also switch off 4G, or turn off data services altogether

Cut out the pester power

Save on juice by switching off off all email, tweet, Facebook and other app notifications. Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to stop your phone scanning for connections. In an ultra-low battery emergency, you should switch your phone immediately to Airplane Mode.

Activity tracker and GPS-enabled apps  should also be disabled or uninstalled. Don’t use your phone camera, especially the video camera. Don’t watch films or YouTube, or even stream radio.

Get a portable charging cable

A USB charging cable will mean you don’t have hunt through your luggage for a charger . The new Nomad Key) is just 7cm long and clips on to a keyring. It comes in Apple Lightning and micro USB versions, for Android, Windows Phone Phone and BlackBerry phones and tablets.

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