What is (not) allowed to bring on the plane and what is the real logic behind these rules? Why are there restrictions?
Restrictions exist for security reasons. Every passenger and every airport should be treated as a potential cause of a terrorist attack.
That’s why over the years, based on logic and the experience of airports and airlines, some rules have been created that every passenger must respect with no exceptions.
Here I will mention two types of airline luggage.
- Carry-on / hand luggage / cabin bag
- Check-in luggage
Let’s get going!
What is (not) allowed to bring on the plane? – hand / cabin / carry-on luggage
This includes all luggage whose dimensions correspond to the permitted rules for bringing hand luggage into the plane. It’s what you take with you and put above or below the seat. This category also includes backpacks, as well as smaller purses. The size rules are determined by each airline separately.
Carry-on: WHAT IS PERMITTED TO TAKE ON THE PLANE
Liquids up to 100 ml (everything over will be charged)
Medicines (tablets, insulin, ..)
Device for measuring blood pressure
Food (small quantities, snacks, baby food… so that they are not accused of bringing illegal food into the country)
A walking stick
Liquids over 100ml bought in Duty free, but we’ll talk about that a little later
Laptop, mobile phone, camera and equipment – mandatory in carry-on luggage! – Try not to travel with double equipment – for example two laptops. I made this mistake when I was returning from Germany, where I bought a new laptop, but I still had the old one with me. I had to explain to them for 15 minutes that I was not smuggling laptops, but that I had just stumbled upon a bargain purchase of a new one.
Book / newspaper
Clothes iron (travel), hair iron, hair dryer, shaver
Clothes (it is recommended to pack some clothes in the carry-on luggage in case the check-in luggage gets lost)
Footwear (the same applies to footwear)
Documents (must have at hand!)
Pictures / photos
Hygiene products (under 100 ml)
Cosmetics under 100 ml (shampoos, deodorants, toothpaste, lens water, gels, perfumes, drops, creams, mascaras, powders, etc.)
FOR SUCH ITEMS EXCEEDING 100ml, IT IS NECESSARY TO PACK THEM IN 1 L TRANSPARENT BAGS, CONSIDERING THAT IT IS ALLOWED TO ENTER THE PRODUCT UP TO 100ml IN A TOTAL VALUE OF 1 LITER.
Chargers and portable charger (if it does not have a lithium-ion battery)
E-cigarettes (recommended to be packed in carry-on luggage, not in check-in luggage)
Glass bottle opener
Nail file / tweezers / clips
Carry-on: What is (not) allowed to bring on the plane
WATER!!! Or any kind and form of liquid!!! Which exceeds 100 ml.
Any kind of explosives or fireworks
Spray (for bugs, pepper spray, for cooking…)
A portable cell phone charger and an electric toothbrush if it has a lithium-ion battery
Any sharp objects (including nail tools or toys)
Sports equipment, clubs, skateboard…
Needles for knitting and crocheting
Marijuana and any drugs
A drill or any drill equipment
Weapons of any kind into anything that looks or SOUNDS like that, not even plastic toys
A sharp tool
Bleach, acids, poisons, gas, explosives, anything flammable
Anything wrapped in aluminum foil because X-rays can’t see through aluminum foil
Anything alive, including shells, fish, corals…
Heater/cooler pads (because it falls under liquids)
Razors/razors – except those for single use
In some cases, airport control may request the opening and search of luggage. For the same reason, I would advise you to avoid packing anything that might encourage them to do so.
What is (not) allowed to bring on the plane? – Check-in luggage
All luggage that respects a certain weight. That is, the amount of luggage weight allowed by each airline. When it comes to this, each airline often has different rules, and before traveling and packing it is necessary to check the limit and weigh the luggage so that it does not exceed the specified weight.
Check-in luggage is left at check-in at the airport, marked with a sticker of the destination you are traveling to. The luggage is stored in a special area of the plane intended for the transportation of luggage and then it travels with you, and at the end of the journey you pick it up at the places marked for luggage collection.
Check-in: WHAT IS ALLOWED TO PACK
Spray (for bugs, pepper spray, for cooking…) – with special instructions
Drill and equipment for drills
Heater/cooler pads (belongs to fluids)
Anything wrapped in aluminum foil
Air mattresses and pumps
Weapons (with prior notice, application and agreement with the airport)
Bicycle (in agreement with the airport)
Needles for knitting and crocheting
Check-in: IT IS NOT ALLOWED TO BRING pack
Marijuana and any drugs (violation of this rule goes straight to prison in the country where you are caught, no negotiation)
Any form of smuggling
Alcoholic drinks with more than 70% alcohol
Weapons of any kind in anything that looks or SOUNDS like one
Valuables (this is actually allowed, but very risky, always keep an eye on valuables)
Baggage opening by airport control
All in all, it’s definitely better to avoid taking strange or suspicious items with you on your trip.
If your luggage looks suspicious to the airport control, the control will open it and inspect it.
You will know this by getting a sticker with the indicated baggage control at the opening mark of the luggage.
At some airports it has even turned out to be a routine part of baggage control.
Even if you lock your luggage, it won’t help you to open it.
In any case, never leave anything valuable in your check-in luggage.
As I already mentioned, liquids bought in duty free shops at the airport are allowed to be taken on the plane. Duty free is located after baggage control, so there will be no confusion between brought and purchased.
If you want to treat yourself to a bottle of wine or local beer and take it to your next destination – this is your chance!
After the flight, be sure to remove the sticker from the check-in luggage. Otherwise, it can happen that you forget, so on the next trip it gets mixed up with a new label and the luggage ends up at the wrong destination.
Conclusion: What is (not) allowed to bring on the plane
Don’t wear anything that would put you in an uncomfortable or awkward situation. Keep an eye on valuables, documents, electronics, chargers, rather pack them in carry-on luggage.
The key to a successful trip is timely information and good organization. Be sure to check the rules of the company you are traveling with.
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