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UK and US Ban on Electronic Devices in Hand Luggage – 29/3/17

The UK Government has implemented a ban on electronic devices from the cabin on direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. This includes any flight where the last point of departure before arrival in the UK is from any of the listed countries.

Large phones, laptops and tablets measuring more than 16cm in length, 9.3cm in width, or 1.5cm depth will need to be placed into hold luggage and checked-in before going through security.

More information can be found here:


This follows a similar, but not identical, US electronics measure affecting 9 airlines flying from or through 10 specific airports in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar and the UAE, including Dubai. The affected overseas airports are: Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), Cairo International Airport (CAI), Ataturk International Airport (IST), King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED), King Khalid International Airport (RUH), Kuwait International Airport (KWI), Mohammed V Airport (CMN), Hamad International Airport (DOH), Dubai International Airport (DXB), and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). Again, this includes any flight where the last point of departure before arrival in the US is from any of the listed airports.

More information can be found here:


The position under the UMAL travel cover is that where items are required by law to be placed in checked-in luggage and said luggage is securely locked then, any claim for loss or damage during the flight may be submitted for consideration under the cover as arranged by the UMAL Member University/College. The damage/loss must also be reported to the carrier and a claim registered.

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When you travel outside your Country of Domicile (or within the Country of Domicile if an overnight stay and/or travel by air is involved) you are covered by our group Travel scheme administered by U. M. Association Ltd. A summary of benefits and the services available is shown below – refer to your Insurance Officer or Administrator for the full terms and conditions of the cover.

MEDICAL EXPENSES (excluding within United Kingdom) – up to £10,000,000

Cover not applicable if travelling against medical advice


NOTE: Do not pack money or valuable items in your checked-in luggage when in transit. Retain these as hand luggage.

You must report any loss, theft or damage to either the local Police or, where appropriate, the airline (or other carrier) within 24 hours and obtain a written report.

MONEY - up to £5,000 (Cash Limit - £2,500)

NOTE: You must report any loss or theft to the local Police within 24 hours and obtain a written report.

DISRUPTION – up to £20,000

PERSONAL INJURY – up to £50,000

PERSONAL LIABILITY – up to £5,000,000


LEGAL EXPENSES (underwritten by Cigna Europe Insurance Company S.A.-N.V.) – up to £25,000


Claim forms are available for printing directly from the UMAL web site: Claims Form page.

Alternatively, contact your Institution’s Insurance Officer or Administrator for a Claim Form.