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Restricted items airplane

Monday, May 6, 2013

Packing ahead of time is something that some people are very careful about whereas others love to pack at the last minute. Whatever works for you is great but it is also important to be aware of the precautions you should take before throwing all your items into your luggage haphazardly and then going about your business without a second thought.

What are we talking about exactly? The importance of not accidentally bringing any prohibited items with you! In most situations, bringing restricted items on board would put the passengers' safety or security at risk. Doing this would bring on consequences that range from having that item removed from your possession or possibly bringing authorities onto the scene, given the level of danger a prohibited item stands. That’s why it is important to educate yourself on the general list of prohibited items on aircraft. Note that there are differences between restrictions of carry-on versus checked luggage that can be researched in more detail online.

Things you can’t take on the plane with you:

Flammable items like paints, fuels, and gasoline are a massive flight risk.

Sharp items that can clearly be used as weapons to injure others, such as knives and axes.

Items with sharp edges that aren't weapons yet can nevertheless harm people by penetrating the skin.

Chemicals are not allowed to be transported (examples include chlorine and bleach).

Explosive items including fireworks, Christmas crackers, and flares are not permitted.

Alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of over 70%, like grain alcohol are over 40 proof and thus not allowed on the plane.

Every once in a while, someone will not check their luggage and rock up to security only to get stopped and detained for a restricted item they forgot about. This affects everyone in the airport: staff in charge of ensuring travellers’ safety and belongings and the airport’s passengers. The item might not be necessarily dangerous, but it still triggers extra safety procedures that must be carried out. If this is the case, then what usually subsequently follows is a slowdown of airport operations resulting in potential delays or cancellations of flights. Even though these are not fun situations, there are ways to feel a bit better about the events that transpired: claim compensation or a refund for your wasted time!

If you suffered a flight delay of more than 3 hours, then you can check if you are eligible for flight compensation of up to £520 per passenger using our free, no-obligation Claim Calculator.

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