Notwithstanding the recession, millions of people get on a jet every day to wing their way to their destination whether it be for a holiday, a social visit or a business journey.
Most people do not travel alone and almost everyone has a certain amount of luggage. The question is: what ought you to be taking with you?
In order to preclude trouble with the airport security staff, you have to carefully consider what items you may take and what ought to be placed in which bags.
There are items that you can take on the plane, but not in your hand luggage and there are some objects that are banned from all luggage, but which you can hand to a flight attendant to carry for you.
You have to be aware of what you may carry and where you can carry it so as not to waste time at the check in. If the problems you make packing are really serious,
it could even mean losing your flight altogether. Even if this does not occur, it can become very embarrassing.
Examples of items that you are not allowed to carry in your luggage or on your person are some chemicals and anything that could be used as a weapon, including razors, knives, strong alkaline and acids and of course guns, loaded or not.
There are some strange items that might not be carried too such as mercury. These have to be given to security for safe-keeping, but you will get them back after arrival at your destination. You will find a list of prohibitted objects on the airline’s website,
Carry-on luggage might not contain liquids in volumes greater than 100 ml, so if your medication comes in large bottles – such as cough medicine – decant what you need for the flight into smaller containers. Many individuals carry a small penknife on their keyring – this is not allowed, so think about your luggage carefully.
For convenience, especially on a budget airline, it is worth taking a few bars of chocolate or sandwiches in your hand luggage although you will not be able to take cans of drink as they are over 100 ml in size. It is also worth taking a damp cloth or flannel in a plastic bag and a small hand towel.
Some airlines prohibit the storage of pressurized tins such as hair spray or deodorant in the baggage at all. This is because they can be used as a weapon in the cabin and because they might explode in a hold that is unpressurized. Some airlines permit them some do not, so it is best to purchase new after you arrive.
A closing tip is to check the weight and condition of your luggage. The weight allowances vary from airline to airline and from class to class of passenger. First class passengers are allowed to carry more than tourists.
You may pay for extra weight normally, but not always. You should also check that your luggage can safely carry the weight placed in them.