Whether you’re trying to save cash by bringing your own food, taking some weight off your hold luggage or packing in those kiddie essentials, it seems that these days everyone’s trying to squeeze more through the security gate.
But with security and customs regulations changing frequently, it’s best to check the rules before stuffing that must-have, one-of-a-kind souvenir into your hand luggage; not least to avoid everyone seeing the contents of your carry-on as you desperately repack at the gate.
At Cheapflights, we thought it would be interesting to look at some of the items – and reasoning – which didn’t pass the ‘security gate test’. That piece of fruit may not be welcome in the USA, the hand-carved wooden statue ‘verboten’ in Australia, the basketball in Thailand and even that festive snow globe may fall foul of security restrictions in the UK.
Cheapflights Travel Expert, Oonagh Shiel, says do your research: check with the authorities in the destination you’re travelling from and to – and, if in doubt, leave it out; particularly as security people and airlines have a lot of discretion when it comes to looking after passengers’ safety. After all, better safe than sorry.