Travel insurance normally doesn’t include electronic devices that are packed in checked luggage.
As a direct result of the new airline rules in the UK and US regarding electronic devices, Australian insurer 1Cover Travel Insurance has announced it will now cover any electronic devices transported in the cargo hold if they are there because the airline rules require them to be.
Richard Warburton, Chief Operating Officer at 1Cover Travel Insurance, said that, as a customer-focused business, it was the logical step for 1Cover to take. “The most important thing for us as a market leader is to provide superior care and peace of mind to our customers. Often this means making amendments to our policies to stay in line with what’s happening in the world.
“We’re pleased to be the first Travel Insurance provider to take this positive action. Hopefully, this will set the precedence for other insurers, meaning more travellers can benefit.”
The new airline rules, which were recently introduced, mean anyone travelling to the UK or US from certain Middle Eastern and North African countries, are no longer able to transport laptops, tablets, e-readers or other electronic devices larger than a smartphone in their carry-on luggage.
Airports affected by the ban are:
- Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
- Cairo International Airport, Egypt
- Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
- King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait International Airport
- Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
- Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
- Dubai International, United Arab Emirates
- Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
By not having the ability to keep watch of their electronic items, the likelihood of theft or damage increases, as does travellers’ concerns for their belongings. By amending their policy to cover these items, 1Cover is helping to ease the worry for concerned holidaymakers.
“While the bans not currently expected to extend to flights heading to Australia, our internal customer data shows there are many Australians travelling outbound to Turkey and the Middle East, with many of them taking onward departures to London.”
“These flight rule changes may at first glance seem to not have such a big impact on Aussies. However, Australian families, particularly those with kids taking long haul flights, could well be impacted. Many parents rely on these electronic devices to entertain their children on gruelling long flights, and taking this option away will really impact the quality of the in-flight experience for the child and parents.”
At this stage the bans have been enacted until October 2017.