Flying with Food

Are you planning to take food with you on holiday abroad this Christmas or have you gifts of food to give to relatives and friends outside the UK? If so, then there are some serious warnings to heed from HM Customs and UK airport authorities.

You're on safe ground with Christmas cakes, Christmas puddings and mince pies, all of which can be carried in hand luggage, but liquid accompaniments such as brandy butter or custard must go in the hold, along with gifts such as olive oil, chutney or pâtés.

Travellers are advised to be wary of those cheese board gift sets that include a knife – these need to be packed away in hold luggage too. Take care when you're packing your presents. Even childrens’ snow globes can cause problems since they contain liquid and must be packed in hold baggage, as must sports bats, toy guns and water pistols.

You also need to be on your guard if you're keeping food cold with an ice pack – these count as liquids and can't be carried in hand luggage. And that weeding fork or the secatuers you've bought your gardening-mad aunt could cause you all sorts of problems if you try to take them on board - as will any toiletries over 100ml.

Travellers should be careful where they stash the crackers. Passengers are warned that the innocent Christmas cracker takes on a more sinister aspect in the air. Most airlines outlaw them, although Flybe allows a maximum of 12, sealed in the original packaging, to be carried in the hold. As for party poppers, forget it. They are not permitted anywhere on any aircraft.

 All in all, it might be easier to travel by train this Christmas!


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