Before September 11, 2001, going through airport security was just a breeze. All you needed to do was to pass through a metal detector. All that changed after that gruesome act of terror that brought down the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York on 9-11.
Today, seeing long lines at the airport security is common. To facilitate your passing through airport security, you need to know what are the things that you can and cannot pack in your carry on baggage.
Each passenger is allowed to bring at least one carry on baggage. Generally, there is a weight restriction of 7 kgs or 15 lbs and a maximum dimension that are allowed per bag. Please check your airline for details.
Here are the list of things that you should avoid packing in you carry on baggage:
1. Liquids or Gels over 100 ml
Each passenger is allowed to bring liquids BUT in limited quantity. When bringing liquids, do remember the 3-1-1 Liquid Rule. The rule states that 3.4 ounces of liquid or 100 ml placed in a 1 quart sized resealable or ziplock bag per passenger is allowed. This pertains to your water, cologne, shampoo, toothpaste, creams, make-ups, hand santizers vitamins, juices and sodas. Please take note that any container more than 100 ml will be confiscated even if the liquid inside does not exceed 100 ml.
Formula milks, breast milks and other liquid medications will be allowed on board as long as it goes with special instructions.
2. Sharp Objects
Any sharp objects such as cutters, corkscrews, darts, ice picks, razors, knives, blades and Swiss army knives are prohibited in your carry on luggage. However, scissors less than 4 inches from the pivot point, disposable razors and sewing needles are allowed.
Flammable items such as lighters, fireworks, flammable liquids, geld, aerosols, paints, party poppers, pepper sprays and tear gas are prohibited.
Other flammable items such as cigarettes, batteries, lithium batteries with 100 watt hours or less, phone chargers, power banks, safety matches and candles are allowed.
Any kind of firearms and ammunitions are not allowed on your carry on baggage. Some airlines allow them in your check-in baggage as long as it comes with proper instructions, documentations and permits.
5. Medical Items
Medical items such as blood sugar test kits, canes, medications, pills, supplements, vitamins, walkers, wheelchairs are generally allowed. Others like insulin, medical marijuana, nebulizers, syringes and any external medical devices are allowed only if accompanied with special instructions, certificates or prescriptions from your physician.
6. Food and Other Agricultural Products
Most countries prohibit bringing in meat, fruits, vegetables, plants and other agricultural products. They are especially strict in countries such as Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Not only will they be confiscated, they might have to ask you to pay fines or worst face charges by bringing in such items. To avoid these things from happening, make sure you check with your country of destination first before you put them in your baggage.
Tip: On your way to your destination, it is advisable that you pack your essentials and a day or two worth of clothing in your carry on baggage. In this way, just in case your checked-in baggage gets lost or delayed, you won’t have to worry about what to wear during your first few days.
If you have done your shopping while traveling, it is best that you placed all expensive items especially electronics in your carry on baggage on your way back to your point of origin to avoid them getting lost. Just make sure to take off all tags and remove the items from their boxes. It is not only convenient, you can also avoid paying customs duties since your items can be classified as used. You may opt to bring the boxes back with you but put them in your checked-in baggage.