For anyone who’s ever gotten stuck with a heavy, bulky carry-on bag on the plane, you know how frustrating it can be to have your flight delayed because they need to offload your bag. In addition, each checked bag costs $25 at most airlines and even more if it’s oversized or overweight. So if you’re not careful about what you pack in your luggage or what gets sent as checked baggage, there may be hefty fees for extra bags or excess weight fees charged by the airline company. It’s important that travelers understand what items are allowed in their carry-ons before boarding a flight so they don’t end up having trouble getting through security checks (or worse yet) paying thousands of dollars in fines because they didn’t plan ahead!
First and foremost, check the airline’s website for their carry-on and checked bag policies.
First and foremost, check the airline’s website for their carry-on and checked bag policies. Airlines are not required to post baggage rules in airports or on their planes, so your best bet is to look up their baggage rules before you fly. Airline sites are usually updated regularly, so if you find out that an airline’s policy has changed since your last flight with them, don’t worry! The information will be there when you need it.
Some airlines also have different rules depending on where they’re flying—for instance, some airlines allow more than one piece of luggage per person but restrict the size of each bag (meaning that first class passengers may have bigger bags than economy class passengers). Similarly, some airlines differ in how many bags they’ll allow based on whether or not a passenger has status with them (and therefore gets priority boarding).
If you’re confused, don’t hesitate to give their customer service line a call before heading to the airport.
If you’re confused about whether your bag is allowed on flights with Etihad, don’t hesitate to give their customer service line a call before heading to the airport. They can help you find out whether your bag will be allowed on board and also let you know if there are any restrictions on weight or size of your luggage. If they tell you that the bag is permitted, then it shouldn’t be much of an issue. However, if they inform you that they don’t allow the item in their checked-in luggage policy and refuse to carry it as part of hold luggage due to its size or weight (or both), what should one do?
Travel-sized liquids (3.4 ounce or less) are permitted in a one quart, clear plastic bag and must be placed in a separate bin for screening.
Travel-sized liquids (3.4 ounces or less) are permitted in a one quart, clear plastic bag and must be placed in a separate bin for screening.
- Liquids including shampoo, lotions and liquid makeup may be included in your carry-on baggage as long as they are stored in 3.4 oz or less bottles and placed inside a one quart, clear plastic bag. The liquid containers you are allowed to bring on board must all fit within the one quart, clear plastic bag that you will put them into at the security checkpoint.
- Do not place your bag with any other bags for screening; it must be placed separately on top of the X-ray belt so that TSA officers can easily view its contents during the screening process.
This liquid limit does not apply to medications, infant formula, or breast milk, but these items are subject to additional screening.
While you may be used to seeing the TSA officer wave your personal item through security, that same bag is subject to a different set of rules when you’re flying.
In addition to the 3-1-1 rule for liquids, gels, and aerosols (3 ounces or less per container), your carry-on bag should also be inspected by TSA agents before you reach the gate. This inspection includes placing all of your items in a bin for screening. This liquid limit does not apply to medications, infant formula, or breast milk, but these items are subject to additional screening by an Explosive Detection System (EDS) machine.
Lighters are allowed in your checked baggage, but only if the flammable liquid has been purged. And that means all the fuel must be out of it.
If you have checked luggage, you can bring a lighter. Just make sure that the flammable liquid has been purged from the lighter and that it is packed in your checked bag with other flammable items.
You can bring aerosols in your checked bags as long as they don’t exceed 70 ounces total capacity.
You can bring aerosols in your checked bags as long as they don’t exceed 70 ounces total capacity. If you are bringing more than 70 ounces of aerosols, you will have to check them as cargo. If you are bringing less than 70 ounces of aerosols, feel free to pack it in your carry-on.
You can also pack aerosols (including spray paint) in your carry-ons as long as they adhere to the 3-1-1 rule of travel-sized liquids (3.4 ounce or less).
You can also pack aerosols (including spray paint) in your carry-ons as long as they adhere to the 3-1-1 rule of travel-sized liquids (3.4 ounce or less). If you have a larger bottle of spray paint, it might be better to check it in a checked bag than risk being stopped at security and losing your precious art supply.
You can check more than 70 ounces total capacity of aerosols in your checked bags if they are small enough to fit inside a one quart bag measuring 4 x 6 x 8 inches (e.g., an empty plastic peanut butter jar). You must pack all aerosols together in that one quart bag and place the bag inside another clear plastic bag before checking them at the airport counter.
While you can’t pack gift boxes with non-allowed items in them, if you wrap the gift or put it in a gift bag beforehand, it’s good to go!
While it’s true that you can’t pack gift boxes with non-allowed items in them, if you wrap the gift or put it in a gift bag beforehand, it’s good to go!
Additionally, there are some exceptions for aerosols. For instance, you’re allowed to pack aerosols in your checked bags as long as they don’t exceed 70 ounces total capacity and remain properly sealed. Just remember that these must be packed next to each other (not against a wall of the suitcase), so they don’t leak out of your bag while being transported by plane personnel.
It’s important to understand what’s allowed and not allowed on an airplane.
It’s important to understand what’s allowed and not allowed on an airplane. If you’re unsure, call the airline before flying. If you’re still confused, go to the airport early so that you have time to ask questions and get everything in order before your flight takes off.
As you can see, the rules governing what is and isn’t allowed in your carry-on or checked bag are constantly changing. To ensure that you’re not subjecting yourself to unnecessary hassle at the airport, it’s best to check with your airline or travel company before heading out. This way, you’ll know exactly what to expect when traveling by plane!