The air travel since September the 11th 2001 has changed a lot, due to it a lot of security measures have been put in place with most European countries and EU members observing these rules strictly.
Such is the case with what you are allowed to pack in both your carry-on and checked baggage with rules differing for both – for example, you can have a pacemaker on board with you, but it’s not advised to pack it in your checked luggage.
The goal of this article is to help inform and prepare you for your upcoming trip and to clear away any misconceptions that you might have stumbled upon in regards to what you can take on a plane.
The truth of the matter is that some companies like Lufthansa have a more comprehensive allowance of types of luggage, while other companies simply do not want to deal with the threat and forbid items in carry-on or check-in luggage.
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It’s important to note that what you are allowed to carry on a flight is also dependent on the country you are flying to, one of the most precarious ones being USA bound flights.
For example, you are allowed to have as carry-on or checked-in luggage an avalanche emergency backpack if you are travelling to France, but you are forbidden to have one if the flight is headed to the USA.
So always take into account your final destination and consider the local customs, like with Australian customs being extremely strict with importing fruits and even animals. Always make sure to check with your carrier and check at the embassy for the country you are travelling to.
General rules on what you can take on a plane
It’s generally not allowed to have any pressurised containers in your carry-on unless they are for medical reasons, like an oxygen tank – which can only be max weight at 5 kg and be at 200 PSI at the most.
You cannot carry oxygen tanks or other pressurised vessels in your check-in luggage, the tanks need to be pressure-free with the release valve opened.
You are not allowed to have liquid batteries like acid batteries in your carry-on, but you are allowed to have them in your checked luggage only in the case when the battery terminals are disconnected and the battery is secure.
Different elements of such a device must be packaged separately lest they touch and create a spark at 24,000 meters in the air.
Again, you should check in with your particular carrier because some items are allowed and you don’t have to ask for the permission of said carrier, other items are allowed only if the carrier agrees to them.
There are particular cases and if you are transporting a battery-powered wheelchair, for example, a company would be unlikely to forbid it in the cabin but might make a fuss about the battery terminals being connected.
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