The American brothers usually credited with inventing air travel had it easy. They simply had to work out how to get a giant, heaving mass of timber and metal off the ground and then continue to defy gravity for extended periods.
Today, air travellers obsess over whether nail files are allowed in their carry-on baggage and if those pointy knitting needles will be confiscated.
We are, of course, being flippant about a subject that can have serious consequences. Unfortunately, there seems to be quite a few air travellers who don’t take such rules seriously.
Dutch airport authorities, for example, found 200 live tarantulas in a German couple’s suitcase. Animals are a common confiscation theme, with passengers having tried to ‘pack’ live eels, tiger cubs and a Simian monkey.
Airport authorities have found bear mace spray (not sure on what airline you encounter bears) in a passenger’s sock and a chastity belt (we didn’t even know they were real) set off security scanners at a U.S. airport. Two women tried to take a dead body, in a wheelchair and wearing sunglasses, on a flight from Liverpool to Berlin.
So what can you actually carry on to a plane?
In Australia, there is a list of items that cannot be carried on board.
Sporting goods, kitchen utensils, tools and other items with sharp edges head the list, including axes, saws, knives, darts and scalpels. Other sharp items, like letter openers and manicure scissors, capable of ‘causing harm by penetration’ are also out.
Blunt items, like baseball and cricket bats, billiard cues and golf clubs, that could be used to bludgeon a fellow traveller make the prohibited list, as do such household or flammable goods as aerosol containers, petrol and fireworks.
Not surprisingly, you can’t take a gun onto an airplane, nor other weapons like swords or crossbows. Explosives are out and so are ‘disabling chemicals’ like mace or pepper spray. Perfume, deodorant, hairspray and shaving gel are permitted, but only in containers holding 100ml or less.
And those knitting needles or pointed metal nail files? They’re probably okay, just like safety razors and plastic knives and forks with round tines, should you want to bring your own.
Air travellers can help create a positive, or positively frustratingly, travel experience for fellow travellers by abiding by such regulations. A quick check online can help keep everything flowing smoothly and safely at security screening points, and beyond.
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