With Christmas fast approaching and as more people decide to go away to a European or Mediterranean destination, it is worth remembering the restriction that are placed on hand luggage by most airlines.
Naturally it’s always a pleasure to surprise your hosts at the airport with a small Christmas present; however, if you plan to carry presents in your hand luggage, you must ensure that they are permitted to be carried on board. Check with the airline the size of bag that you can take on the aircraft, usually this will be no larger than 56 x 45 x 25cm and remember it includes including wheels, handles and outside pockets, some airlines specify smaller hand luggage sizes.
There are restrictions on what you can put in the bag as well; liquids including gels and aerosols can only be carried in containers of 100ml or less. All liquid items must be placed in a transparent, re-sealable bag no larger than 20cm by 20cm, for example a re-sealable freezer bag is ideal. Also that harmless little toy that you may be taking for a child can be confiscated at the security check. A child’s water pistol or catapult, tools, any item that could be used as a potential weapon will not be allowed through security.
Finally if you are taking some presents, don’t wrap them; security is only going to un-wrap them. Have a great Christmas break.