UK & US implemented laptop and electronics ban from select airports in the Middle East back in March (different set of airports to make it more confusing).
We have written previously how Emirates, Etihad, Qatar and Turkish Airways have implemented this ban by allowing affected passengers to check their electronics at the gate on boxes provided by the airlines and having them securely delivered at the destination separately from the regular luggage. British Airways has done none of this.
When I was flying out from Cairo yesterday morning, I was first asked to check all my ineligible electronics at the check in. I said that this was unacceptable and the check in cleared with BA person that I could check my electronics at the gate. This took a while. Could be that the fact that I was flying in business or that I am a BA Gold member (Gold Guest List) had something to do with this “waiver”.
I separated the electronics at the gate (before gate security check) and put them to my expandable carry on. They had already printed a tag or CAI-LHR-GRU but told them that I would like to withdraw my bag in London.
I was first told by the same lady that check me in that it is now not allowed (I would assume that this is mainly due to revenue “protection”). After pointing out that my transit in London was for 10 hours and I had planned to work in the Concorde Room, they relented and reprinted a tag to London. My bags had been screened by at least four times after arriving to the airport by now and I guess that they were discussing if yet another screening was required.
It was not and soon one agent was taking my black 22 to the jetway and left it there.
Took a while to get the bag in London and to my surprise the electronics were there.
British Airways should work with their outstations where the laptop/electronics ban is in effect and allow affected passengers to check their electronics at the gate the same way as Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airways already do. Shouldn’t be too complicated, right?