Allianz to cover clients affected by UK flight gadget ban

New rules will be imposed on passengers boarding flights from several countries, mostly in the Middle East

Allianz to cover clients affected by UK flight gadget ban

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By Louie Bacani

Allianz Global Assistance UK will cover customers affected by the new aviation security measures on electronic gadgets to be imposed on flights coming from several nations.
The Department for Transport recently announced that passengers boarding flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia will not be allowed to take laptops, tablets and large phones into the cabin.
The travel insurer said it will honour insurance claims for loss of, or damage to, electronic items affected by the new in-flight rules. Cover will be up to the limits provided by the customer’s existing policy and subject to all other terms of cover.

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However, Allianz is urging customers to carefully read the terms and conditions of the policy to fully understand the limits provided. A Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must also be obtained from the carrier to support insurance claims.
“As well as taking the time to thoroughly understand the terms and limits of the policy ahead of their departure, UK customers travelling to and from the countries affected, should check the cover provided by their household and gadget insurers, as this may already provide cover,” said Barry Smith, Allianz Global Assistance underwriting manager for the UK and Ireland.
Smith also noted that electronic valuables that are not included in the new flight restrictions, such as cameras and MP3 players, but have been checked in to the hold by customers, will not be covered in accordance with the policy wording.
“Sadly, those who do not adhere to these latest travel restrictions, and have items confiscated by the authorities, could face having their claim declined,” Smith said.
“The safest way to avoid unnecessary inconvenience or potential loss is to limit what you take on your travels, taking essential items only, when flying to and from the countries included in the new aviation security measure.”
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