Hand luggage raises a lot of questions. To avoid unpleasant situations when boarding a flight, learn about the basic safety requirements and airline restrictions on luggage on board. Prohibited items, number of pieces, size and weight of carry-on baggage, rules for carrying liquids, food and medicine. What can and can't you take in hand luggage?
What you can take on a plane
If hand luggage is is not the only luggage with which you fly, then you should take only the most valuable and necessary things on the road from those allowed for transportation with you on the plane:
- money bank cards documents equipment and gadgets (phone, camera, computer, tablet) jewelry
All up-to-date information about the rules for carrying hand luggage is posted on the websites of airports and airlines. Safety standards are mandatory for everyone, and the number of pieces, weight and size of carry-on luggage are regulated by airlines.
What can not be taken in hand luggage< /h2>
It is prohibited to transport dangerous items and substances in the aircraft cabin and checked baggage:
- weaponsflammable substances and liquidsliquefied gasesexplosivestoxic/radioactive/poisonous/corrosive substancespiercing and sharp objects
Complete list of dangerous substances and items prohibited for transportation on board an aircraft can be found on the websites of airlines and airports.
Seemingly harmless household items cannot be carried in hand luggage: a corkscrew, a nail file with sharp edges and nail clippers, scissors, tweezers, a straight razor, a folding knife, a corkscrew, knitting needles.
All this must be checked in baggage, and if not, then look for alternatives or buy locally. For example, an electric razor or a razor with replaceable blocks are allowed in hand luggage, and nail files are soft.
How much liquid can I carry?
If additional security measures are not introduced, then in hand luggage it is allowed to carry liquids with a total volume of 1 liter in packages of not more than 100 ml. You can carry any amount of liquids in any volume in your baggage.
Liquids include: water, drinks, creams, lotions, aerosols, gels, foams, pastes, etc. Keep in mind that if the 200 ml shampoo bottle is half filled, then it cannot be transported. Fluids of people flying together do not stack.
It is not always clear what is liquid and what is not. Cosmetics: mascara, lip gloss are liquids. Honey, cheese, jam, toothpaste, soft cheeses (brie, camembert, feta) — also liquids.
Exception: baby food needed by the child during the flight; medicines and diet food with a certificate/prescription from a doctor.
Where can I get 100 ml containers?
Don't throw away shampoo and shower gels that are provided in hotels. Most beauty brands sell or give away makeup mini kits with purchases. You can buy a set of containers for liquids and fill them with your own funds.
When passing through security, liquids must be presented separately in a transparent resealable bag. This is not a hard requirement, but it is better to put all the liquids in one place so that you do not have to search all over the suitcase later.
You can buy a transparent bag that suits your requirements in stationery stores (file with a zipper), a Zip-Lock food storage bag or a transparent cosmetic bag with a zipper will also work. Some airlines impose additional restrictions on the size of the package with liquids: wizzair 20x20cm, Pobeda 18x20cm.
Changes in the rules for carrying liquids
During the Olympics in Sochi, the Federal Air Transport Agency introduced a complete ban on the transport of liquids on airplanes. Different countries may have different restrictions — find out the latest information before departure.
If during the pre-flight screening it turns out that you violated the rules for transporting liquids, you will be asked to dispose of the prohibited item yourself — throw it into a special container. Discussions on this topic are useless, they can lead to a late boarding or removal from the flight. Every time I see how people throw away expensive drinks, cosmetics, products that they bought for themselves or are taking as a gift.
Food in hand luggage
You can take fruit, nuts, hard cheese, sausage, muesli bars, sandwiches with you on board. Hand luggage should not contain products prohibited by customs regulations and liquids larger than 100 ml.
Water and food can be bought after passing through the pre-flight screening in the «clean zone», food and drinks on board is offered by most airlines (included in the ticket or purchased separately). You can take an empty water bottle with you and ask the flight attendant to refill it.
Medicines in carry-on baggage
Medicines in original packaging are allowed in hand baggage. Check in advance if your medicines are legal in the country of destination. If medications are prescribed by a doctor, it is better to take it with you.
Liquid medicines (gels, aerosols, ointments, ampoules) are subject to the rules for transporting liquids — no more than 100 ml. If the medicine is vital, notify the airport staff and present a certificate from a doctor or an extract from the medical history.
Number of pieces of hand luggage
The number of pieces of hand luggage is regulated by the airline. As a rule, you are allowed to take 1 piece of baggage into the cabin of the aircraft. Business and First Class passengers are allowed 2 pieces of hand luggage. Most major aviation companies do not consider a handbag or a men's briefcase, an umbrella, a laptop, a suit or a dress in a clothing case as a separate place.
Budget airlines have strict baggage requirements, following the rule: 1 person = 1 piece of hand luggage. The exception is folding baby strollers, crutches, outerwear. You are almost always allowed to take a Duty Free package on board.
Cabin Baggage Size and Weight
The dimensions and weight of luggage that you can take on board the aircraft also depend on the requirements of the airline, the ticket class and the flight route. Hand luggage can be a small suitcase, backpack, bag.
Standard size requirements for hand luggage: no more than 115 cm in the sum of three dimensions (55×40×20cm). Carry-on weight 5-10 kg.
- Standard sized cabin suitcase
At the airport, there is always the opportunity to check the weight at a free check-in counter and transfer extra pounds to checked baggage. If you're flying with hand luggage only, you won't have that chance, so check the weight of your hand luggage at home on a floor scale. Low-cost airlines check luggage in a frame, it must fully fit into it, along with wheels and handles.
- Airline «Pobeda»
About transportation sports equipment, musical instruments and other oversized items, check with your airline. Before buying something on a trip, consider whether there is free space in your luggage, you will have to pay extra for overweight.
Pros of traveling light
- You save on the cost of your airfare.Items in hand luggage are guaranteed to fly with you (if you do not leave them unattended and do not forget).You do not have to stand at the check-in counter (in most cases).You do not have to wait for baggage , so get out of the airport the fastest and get to your destination.
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