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Prohibited item forgotten in hand luggage: what to do with it?

I guess it happens quite frequently: you have already checked in, and at the security check you realize that you have in your backpack your grandmother's Klingon bat'leth blade, an item that has been ...
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Can I fly with a gold bar?

Can I fly with a Good Delivery gold bar? I'll have the certificate that I have been given with it. I have looked on Google and found nothing that suggests it's a prohibited item on an aircraft. It's ...
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When boarding a full plane, how can I guarantee that I can keep my handheld baggage with me?

Sometimes the overhead bins get full and the flight attendants will start collecting bags to put in with the rest of the luggage, but I keep insulin (diabetic) in my handheld bag, as I may need it ...
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Can I have a watermelon in hand luggage?

I'm flying from UK to Germany with Easyjet (there's next to no weight restriction to hand luggage). I've never had a problem with various edible items before, on any of my EU routes. I don't see how a ...
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On a plane, who has the right to the overhead bin?

Once, I boarded a plane, went to my designated seat and tried to put my bag in the overhead bin. However, it was full, and other adjacent overhead bins were full too. Because I had a seat next to the ...
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How much electronics and other valuables can I bring duty-free when going to India?

I am planning to travel to India (COK airport, Kerala) from United States. I want to take my laptop as well as my tablet (iPad). Am I allowed to take both in my backpack with my documents related my ...
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Are there any laws that prevent reserving two adjacent seats for one person for a flight with Ryanair?

Ryanair is very cheap and I can afford to pay for another seat in exchange for a little bit more comfort. I do that sometimes on the train and there are no laws against it as far as I know. On the ...
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DIY computer in hand luggage - what to expect on security checks?

I have a DIY computer which looks like a 7" tablet, only thicker. The case is plastic, and the whole device is about as thick as a laptop. There are no scary wires popping out and no ticking noises, ...
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Are battery packs allowed in hand luggage?

When flying, are you allowed to bring battery packs / power banks? I'd like to bring my ACC 10400mAh Power Bank on several flights.
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How many smartphones can I take on an airplane?

I'm a software developer and I need multiple different mobile devices for testing and debugging purposes. I also work on-the-go sometimes, so this is important. Furthermore, not everything can be ...
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What is the actual (not official) size of the Ryanair “baggage sizer”?

I know that this question could sound a little bit dumb since Ryanair always sends lot of emails specifying the dimensions of the allowed hand luggage but I am not interested in the "formal" answer ...
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Utili-key “knife” and airport inspection?

I own and carry a Swiss Tech Utili-Key 6-n-1 Multitool: I love it and carry it with me everywhere. My concern is: Would it be officially allowed in cabin (inside Schengen)? If not, what are the ...
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Travelling with beach sand in carry-on

I'm making a trip back home (to the coast) shortly, and I would like to bring back sand from the beach with me as a keepsake or memento. It's just a short weekend trip, and I won't be checking any ...
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Tent in hand luggage?

Can I carry a tent in hand luggage on a flight? Do poles/pegs present a threat? I mean, they could but they're going to be tightly packed and actually attempting to get them out would draw a lot of ...
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What type of under the seat bag is practical, and what should be stored in it for the flight?

I am traveling from the US to Australia. What type of under the seat bag is practical, and what should be stored in it for the flight?
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Can I take a big jar of Nutella in my cabin luggage on a European flight?

I will fly from Marseille through Amsterdam to Berlin TXL with Airfrance/KLM and I would like to take a large jar of Nutella. It's new and unopened. Since it's not liquid there should not be a ...
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Are carry-on bags being weighed on long-haul flights?

It's been four years since our last international flights. We're flying with Air New Zealand from the US to Oz. And we are seeing weight limits for carry-on baggage. Are the carriers actually ...
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Carry on cheese grater on domestic U.S. flight?

Will I be permitted to pack a cheese grater in my carry-on bag for a domestic U.S. flight, or will this be considered a "potential weapon" and prohibited?
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Why does the TSA allow two 3-ounce containers but not one 6-ounce container?

If I understand the TSA's 3-1-1 policy in the US correctly, you are allowed to take two 3-ounce containers of a liquid on a plane, but not a single 6-ounce container of the same liquid. Is this really ...
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Can I bring a shoebox PC in my carry-on bag?

It's a shoebox PC that I custom built and I'd like to keep it in carry-on. It has wires hanging out and the top is removable so they can see it's actually a computer not something like a bomb. And I'...
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Can I carry rock climbing hardware as carry-on in Europe?

Can I bring rock climbing gear such as quick-draws climbing ropes nuts, hexes, cams, friends, etc. as described here a nut tool, as in the middle of this picture climbing chalk (Amazon example ...
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Can I take two laptops to India from United States? One bought in India and one in US

I will be landing at New Delhi airport. The worth of new laptop (Lenovo Yoga Idea Pad 13) is about $1000 and old one (Macbook Pro) is > 1 lakh INR. I want to leave the new laptop in India. I have a ...
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Are LiPo batteries allowed on commercial airlines?

I want to travel with my RC quadcopter across international boundaries (Canada to USA). The RC uses LiPo batteries and I have two separate batteries for it. Are they even allowed on airlines? I am ...
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Why aren't conventional mercury thermometers allowed onboard?

Why do airlines prohibit carrying conventional mercury thermometers onboard? What potential this small device has to prohibit it? PS: I prefer conventional thermometers in my personal first aid kit ...
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Is it allowed to bring condoms in airplane?

I'm about to travel via Wizzair and only have hand baggage. Can I bring condoms on board?
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Why do airlines gate check bags when there is still overhead space?

On a recent flight, an airline employee (either gate agent or flight attendant) who had just stepped out of the plane told my family that there was no more room in the overhead compartments, and we ...
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Flying from the UK to the US with laser in carry-on

I am flying from the UK to the US for a short house hunting trip. I want to bring a laser range finder in my carry-on luggage. It is a class 2 laser so should be considered safe, but you never know ...
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Do the maximum allowed dimensions for baggage include the handles?

I'm flying soon and have been given a maximum carry on bag dimension of 14 inches x 9 inches x 22 inches (23 x 35 x 56 cm), and the body of my luggage exactly fits those dimensions. If the handles ...
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Is it possible to take a desktop PC as carry-on luggage?

I am moving from Egypt to the Netherlands and I need to take my PC with me. I won't be taking the monitor, just the case, but I'm wondering what the best way would be. Am considering taking it as ...
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What's a good substitute for a pocket knife that can be carried on-board a plane?

I always used to pack a pocket knife in my checked luggage when travelling, but now that I'm travelling with carry-on bags only, security restrictions prevent me from bringing a pocket knife. Is ...
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Maximum hand luggage volume?

What's the maximum hand luggage volume you can take with you to match all (or important) airline regulations considering only international connections? In case my question is not clear, I'm looking ...
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Can I carry a chef's torch in hand luggage?

I would like to bring a chef's torch as gift for a friend that likes to cook. Although, as I read, you can transport a lighter with you, I am not sure a chefs torch you can. Its a bit larger than a ...
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How to protect glass and ceramic items for air travel?

I have got some glass stuff that I need to transport, and it seems that the only way to go is by plane. How well does it need to be wrapped? Is the chance that it will survive at least 90%? (The ...
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Can I carry on/check in a child's car seat for free for a flight?

I am not flying with my child. Instead, I will meet my child at the destination of my flight. I have a small backpack and one carry-on bag, which is free for most airlines. Can I carry on additionally ...
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Can I take balloons on a flight?

Mother's day in my family always involves a bouquet of balloons. Mom wanted to take the balloons we gave her home on the plane but in this hyper security aware atmosphere we doubted it was possible. ...
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Can I carry a ceramic knife in the cabin baggage?

On the airlines website, knives are listed as restricted items (but are not prohibited). I do not have any checked in luggage and am travelling from Darwin (Australia) to Singapore in Singapore ...
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Is it ok to bring a mirror onto an international airplane (US - POL)

I am leaving to poland in a few days. I wonder if its ok to bring a mirror onto an airplane. If so what are the dimensions that are allowed?? The flight is from US to Poland through Germany
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Are ziploc bags banned in Rwanda for air travelers?

Rwanda has enacted a ban on plastic bags, as a web search for "Rwanda plastic bags" will show. Does this extend to 1-quart or 1-liter sealable freezer bags? If so, how can one pack liquids in carry-...
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Can you carry drones on a plane as a carry on? eg. DJI Phantom or Inspire

I live in US and thinking to travel to Europe next spring. Thinking to get a drone with couple extra batteries and take it with me as a carry on to get some aerial shots. Anybody had any experience ...
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After the Evacuation - how do people get reunited with their carryon luggage?

Assume you are taking an airline flight, and the cabin starts filling up with smoke. The pilots divert the plane to the nearest suitable airport, and the flight attendants pop the doors and send you ...
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Is there room for a rollaboard in a CRJ-200 overhead bin?

I've got a flight coming up on a CRJ-200. I know this is a smaller plane — is there room in the overhead bin for a rollaboard? I usually prefer to fly with carry-on luggage, even paying the upgrade so ...
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Is it ok to bring a pen onto an international airplane (US to Pol)?

I'm traveling to Poland in a few days, and i wonder if pens are allowed on an airplane. I know you cannot bring sharp objects like small scissors and i see no reason why pens should be an exception.
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Food in hand luggage

I'm flying with Ryanair soon, and would like to take a small amount of food with me in my hand luggage. In general, what are the rules/restrictions on this? I know that there might be some safety ...
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Can I connect through the USA with liquid duty-free purchases?

In the near future I'll be travelling DUB-ORD-PDX and I was wondering if I can make liquid duty-free purchases in Dublin and bring them through security as carry-on luggage in Chicago O'Hare. I will ...
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Are tennis rackets allowed in airplane cabins in the US?

I have a friend coming over this Christmas who wanted to bring along his tennis racket. Though the recreation center at my university is probably going to be closed, the access to the tennis courts ...
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“Only hand luggage is included”

I'm travelling with British Airways from Zurich to London City Airport, and my ticket says "Only hand luggage is included in the ticket". Now, according to the British Airways website hand baggage ...
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Can I transport a hairdryer in my hand luggage in Europe?

I am going to travel for Christmas and I would like to bring an hairdryer for a friend (yes, there are also hairdryers in the destination, but she likes this particular brand). In principle there is ...
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Can I bring a big wooden sword as carry on in a plane?

So I have this big wooden sword (4 feet high, 1 foot width) that I was hoping to bring on a short domestic flight (3 hours) from Perth to Adelaide. The sword is not lethal or damaging. It is made of ...
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Can you bring a standard tube of toothpaste on a plane in a carry-on bag?

In the US, the TSA has very specific regulations for what can and can't be brought on a plane in a carry-on bag, especially when it comes to liquids. Can a standard tube of toothpaste be brought on a ...
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If I have bought X tickets, do I have X hand baggage allowances?

If I have bought 3 tickets for the same flight, can bring three times the cabin allowance allowed per ticket? The way I see it I am doing the airline a favor Related: Is it prohibited to lie down (...