Travel The unexpected festive essential you can't take on a flight this Christmas

11:35  29 november  2017
11:35  29 november  2017 Source:   prima.co.uk

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The unexpected festive essential you can't take on a flight this Christmas © enviromantic / Getty The unexpected festive essential you can't take on a flight this Christmas If you're doing any travelling over the festive period, then listen up because it turns out that one Christmas essential may be banned on your flight...

Yep, if you were planning on taking any Christmas crackers with you on a plane in the coming weeks, then think again because multiple airlines have put them on their banned list for hand luggage and checked baggage, the Independent reports.

Nick Caunter, MD of Airport Parking & Hotels Ltd, told The Independent: 'Packing crackers in particular is a bit of minefield, with airlines and airports having their own, sometimes conflicting restrictions.

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'So we've undertaken this research to hopefully make life a little easier for those flying this Christmas.'

While easyJet, Aer Lingus and BMI Regional allow crackers in both checked and cabin luggage, the following airlines have reportedly banned them on flights:

  • Air France
  • Air India
  • Air New Zealand
  • American Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Delta
  • Emirates
  • Etihad
  • Icelandair
  • KLM
  • Norwegian Airlines
  • RyanAir
  • SAS Scandinavian
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South African Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • WestJet

And, that's not all, because individual UK airports also have their own rules around crackers.

While Gatwick, Heathrow and Birmingham allow unopened boxes in hand luggage if they're permitted by the passenger's airline, Manchester, Stansted, Liverpool and East Midlands allow them in cabin bags only.

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'If you do decide to bring crackers with you when flying the best thing to do is pack them in checked luggage and avoid having them in hand luggage,' advises Nick Caunter.

'But it's really important you tell check-in staff you've packed them in your checked luggage.'

a close up of a red wall © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) Who knew that a humble cracker could cause so much commotion? 

Just one more thing to keep in mind if you're flying this Christmas...

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