The rules around what you are allowed to take in your hand luggage on a flight, and what you’re not, seem to change all the time. But it’s not only the law that determines what you’re allowed to take in the cabin with you but the airline too.
UK flights have begun banning a range of large hand luggage items, but do you know what they are?
Sports Equipment: Banned!
Besides the usual powders and liquids that are banned from UK flights, there’s a good chance that your sports equipment is forbidden too.
Airlines will not permit golf clubs, darts, snooker cues, bats, racquets, hockey sticks, or fishing rods in hand luggage. The ostensible reason for this is that these items can double up as weapons, although some suspect that this is so that airlines can charge more for holding sports equipment in the hold.
You won’t be surprised to learn that anything that is considered a weapon is also banned from the cabin. Weapons include, quite hilariously, catapults, as well as standard firearms, harpoons, crossbows, spear guns, and martial arts equipment, such as knuckle dusters.
Surprisingly, some airlines will allow you to take weapons in hold luggage, but you’ll have to check ahead to make sure that the one you’re flying with does to avoid disappointment.
Unfortunately, if you spot a loose screw in the cabin, you won’t be able to carry out any repairs on the fly using tools you’ve stowed in your hand luggage. Tools are banned. You are not allowed to take screwdrivers, spanners, pliers, drills, drill bits or saws on a plane.
Tins Of Soup: BANNED!
While some of us would prefer not to be separated from our favourite variety of Heinz soup, even for a short flight, these days you don’t have a choice. Standard issue soup tins are banned if they contain more than 100 ml of soup (most contain 400ml).
These changes to hand luggage rules come hot on the heels of increased terror threat levels across Europe. Banned hand luggage lists have expanded dramatically, meaning that travellers need to be careful.
Cabin baggage should be no more than 56 cm long, 45 cm wide and 25 cm thick, including any handles or wheels. The bad news is that there is now a range of legacy cabin luggage out there which looks as if it would qualify as “hand luggage” but doesn’t.
Recently, the Sun newspaper reported on the case of a man who believed that his hand luggage met the size requirements on an Easyjet flight. The man was told that his baggage was too large for the cabin and would have to go in the hold.
Not content with the conclusion of the airline, the passenger proceeded to “prove” that his luggage was of suitable size by jumping on it to stuff it into the metal measuring device. Unfortunately, his plan backfired, and he struggled to get his baggage out of the gap. The airline was not impressed.