Questions tagged [hand-luggage]

Questions about baggage brought into an airplane cabin with the passenger, also known as "carry-on luggage" or "cabin luggage."

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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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Considerations for very fragile and expensive (> $100,000) items in carry-on luggage

Background: I am a part of a university student team building a CubeSat due to be launched this September. Around mid-June, we will need to transport the CubeSat from its current location in Ohio to ...
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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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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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What are the exact reasons why one cannot take a bottle of water on the plane?

So what exactly are the reasons: policy by the airlines? slowing down security? What if it's 100mL of water filled in one of those tiny travel bottles that people use to downsize their toiletries? ...
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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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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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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 seriously should I take size and weight limits of hand luggage?

I'll soon do my first intercontinental flight. Due to price, I decided to travel with hand luggage only. There are specified weight and size limits, of course – in my case it's 7kg and 53x38x20cm on a ...
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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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Avoiding important carry-on luggage being taken away

Since I'm traveling with essential medicines and medical equipment it is key for me that my carry-on luggage is allowed to be carried into the aircraft cabin, so that it's available to me at all times,...
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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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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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Why do airlines not have you put your bag underneath your own seat?

On airplanes, they tell you to put your bags either in the overhead or under the seat in front of you. Considering that the front row doesn't have a seat in front of them, and the back seats don't ...
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What is the legal status of travelling with (unprescribed) methadone in your carry-on?

My girlfriend and her sister will be going to Canada for two weeks at the start of July. They both use drugs recreationally and aren't open with their family and are quite isolated. My girlfriends ...
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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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Why is there a weight limit for carry-on luggage on some airlines that is enforced even when the plane is almost empty?

Why is there a weight limit for carry-on luggage on some airlines (e.g., 7 kg for China Airlines) that is enforced even when the plane is almost empty?
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Can I bring a 30000 mAh power bank on board the aircraft?

Well I am 24 and this is my first time travelling overseas. Kind of embarrassed, but I finally have enough money for travelling. I would like to ask can I take this 30000mAh Power Bank, onboard the ...
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What unusual requirements are placed on baggage when flying on a very small aircraft?

Most experienced air travelers are aware that smaller, regional/commuter-type aircraft (regional jets and turboprop airliners) have undersized overhead baggage compartments that force large carryon ...
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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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First aid scissors confiscated by Dubai airport security

I am travelling with a first aid kit in carry on bag like this: NZ to Australia: bag X-rayed, no issues at all Australia to Dubai: security opened the kit, checked the scissors and allowed them ...
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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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Why can't you take a hoverboard on a plane?

As Delta Airlines' online check-in helpfully informs me Examples of Forbidden Dangerous items include paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, radiopharmaceuticals, and ...
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Additional cabin handbag on flights

It's quite common, that in addition to cabin size hand baggage you can take also smaller bag like handbag or small laptop case to the plane. I'm interested in knowing if someone hasn't been allowed to ...
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Can I bring a wooden dough rolling stick onto the plane(carry-on)?

Here is a picture of what I am trying to bring onto the plane. I thought since it is wooden, it might pose a threat. I'd really appreciate any help. Flying from LGA, NYC, and I do not have any ...
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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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Is it true that Israel allows flying with an unlimited amount of liquids in hand luggage?

I've recently seen several news articles that claim that Israel has no restrictions on liquids in hand luggage. E.g. The Telegraph “I have certain issues with their approach, but Israel is one of the ...
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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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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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Can you carry drones (eg. DJI Phantom or Inspire) on a plane as a carry on?

I live in the US and contemplating travel to Europe next Spring and taking a drone with a couple of extra batteries as carry-on, to get some aerial shots. The batteries are 5200mAh (57.72Wh) each on ...
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Can I take two laptops to India from United States? One bought in India and one in US [duplicate]

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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Can WizzAir force me to give my expensive carry-on into cargo hold?

The WizzAir website says that hand luggage is not guaranteed onboard unless one pays for Wizz Priority. What happens if my carry-on is valuable and I am worried that it will be damaged (for example, ...
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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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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 if ...
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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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What are the shaving options for the carry-on traveler?

This question rustled some jimmies! Now that we have more information I'm rephrasing it to fit in better with the overall picture, which is shaving options for travelers without checked luggage. When ...
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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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Carrying 30 ebook readers in hand luggage

Because of reasons, I am likely to want to carry 30-40 ebook readers, still in their boxes, with me when traveling from Canada to the UK. Am I going to run into any trouble if I have them in my carry-...
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Is a cardboard box allowed as carry-on luggage?

I know that I can use a cardboard box as check-in luggage if it is under the size and weight limits. But I want know if I can carry-on a cardboard box on a domestic flight within the USA, as this ...
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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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Confused about Ryanair cabin bag policy

Here's a quote from the Ryanair website: What you CAN bring on board All passengers are entitled to bring 1 small personal bag on board which must fit under the seat in front of you (35cm x 20cm x ...
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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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Is it allowed to bring condoms in airplane?

I'm about to travel via Wizz Air and only have hand baggage. Can I bring condoms on board?
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How does the new Ryanair luggage policy work?

The following might sound like a silly question, but I'm totally confused. I haven't flown with Ryanair in at least a year and apparently the luggage policy has changed since then. Previously it was ...
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Is it true that AirAsia does not allow backpacks as carry on luggage even if they fit within dimensions?

I will be flying Bangkok - Phnom Penh with AirAsia. I am used to having a backpack as hand luggage and have Osprey 40l backpack (53 x 33 x 23) that is exactly made to fit the max hand baggage ...
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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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Mattresses are too soft: how can I get a better night's sleep in a hotel?

I've noticed that mattresses (and pillows) in hotels tend to be softer than I'm used to, and I don't get a good night's sleep like I do at home. I don't have anything super-special going on (no weird ...
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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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Liquids in carry on, why and how much?

I am soon travelling from Schiphol to IAH, and I have heard about the 'resealable' bag rule. The TSA website says I can fill a 'quart' sealable bag with liquids less than 100grams. What is a 'quart' ...
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