What can I take on a plane?
Better hand luggage or checked baggage?
Too many rules make you dizzy and you don’t know what you can take with you on a plane?
Here below some tips for a carefree travel experience.
HAND BAG – CARRY ON BAG
Hand baggage is defined as set of passenger’s items and personal belongings, necessary for his or her well-being during the trip, which is carried in the cabin, under passenger’s responsibility and is accessible to him or her during the flight.
If you’re travelling with hand luggage, you should know that:
- Each passenger may carry on board usually only one cabin baggage not exceeding a total weight of 5-10 kg and 115 cm (55 x 40 x 20 cm). However, please check the regulations of the Airline you have chosen for your flight. In any case, your baggage must be easily stowed under the seat or in the overhead lockers;
- If your hand baggage doesn’t meet Company’s requirements, you have to check it in, paying a surcharge, if applicable;
- Remember that your hand luggage will be deeply checked at security control, if you want to avoid an unpleasant surprise, we advise you to follow the Airline’s requirements and to show up at the airport well in advance, in order to check the baggage directly with the airport staff;
- Unless otherwise specified by the Carrier, which may limit the quantity of hand luggage that can be carried, in attition to the above mentioned hand baggage, you can carry also:
A handbag or briefcase or laptop
An overcoat or raincoat
An umbrella or walking stick
A camera, video camera or CD player
A portable cot and baby food needed during the trip
A pair of crutches or other kind of walking aid
Items purchased at the duty free or other shops at the airport, in reasonable quantities and limited weight, in any case easy to place into overhead lockers;
- Please note that, in order to grant passenger safety, small vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries, such as airwheel, solowheel, hoverboard, minisegway and balance wheel, are not accepted either as carry-on baggage or in checked baggage;
- The use of electronic cigarettes (E-Cigarettes), pipes and electronic cigars is prohibited in the cabin. Lighters may only be carried in the cabin on your person;
- Before carrying out security checks, always remember to separate any liquids and electronic items, like PCs and tablets, from the rest of your bag.
PROHIBITED ITEMS IN CABIN BAGGAGE
According to the provisions of the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) and the International Flight Safety Authorities, following items are forbidden in the cabin:
All kinds of guns and firearms, as well their replica and toy weapons, which can be mistaken for real weapons;
Sharp weapons and objects, such as syringes, cutlery, razor blades, sewing needles, scissors, sharpeners, switchblades, etc.;
Blunt objects, such as clubs, batons and similar items;
Explosives and flammable substances;
Chemicals and toxicants;
Liquids, except as follow specified.
For more details, please consult the Airline website, the website of the Italian Civil Aviation Authority www.enac-italia.it or contact the airport staff.
LIQUIDS RULE IN AIR TRANSPORT
Since 2006, new security rules restrict passengers on carrying liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) beyond airport security screening points, whether on their persons or in their hand luggage.
The new rules apply to all passengers departing from EU airports, including domestic flights, whatever their destination.
For a stress-free flight, here’s what you need to know:
- LAGs (Liquidi, Aerosol, Gel) include following substances:
Water and other beverages
Soups, syrups and creams
Lotions and oils
Perfumes, sprays and gels, including hair and shower gel
Pastes, including toothpastes
Mixtures of liquids and solids
Pressurized recipients, including all foams, aerosols, deodorants and roll-ons
Make-up products such as foundation, mascara and liquid lip gloss
Any other substances of similar consistency, such as chocolate cream, jam and honey, peanut butter, yoghurt, ricotta cheese and cream cheese, etc…;
- Liquids must be placed into individual 100 ml or 100 gr containers. Please note that larger containers, even if only partly full, or bottles whose capacity is not indicated on the container, are not accepted at security: in this case, liquids must be placed in the hold baggage or left on ground. All 100 ml containers must fit into a clear, plastic bag no bigger than 20cm x 20cm.
Only one plastic bag per passenger is allowed, that must be presented at security controls separately from the rest of the hand baggage;
- The bag has to be closed and sealed: overstuffed plastic bags will not be accepted and you can’t tie or knot the top of the bag;
- The maximum amount of liquids total that you can carry into a flight is 1 liter. This also applies also to children under 2 years of age;
- There is an exemption for liquids that must be used during the journey for:
Medicines: in this case, you have to show a medical prescription at your name
Special dietetic food (including baby food): in this case, you have to show a prescription/medical certificate stating the need for it while travelling.
- Duty free liquids carried by transit passengers coming from EU and non-EU countries, purchased at any airport or on board of any airline, may be carried as hand luggage, provided that the items are sealed in a security bag with a red border, called STEB, supplied at the time of purchase and the proof of purchase (receipt or invoice, from which the date of purchase of the item is unequivocally deduced) is clearly visible inside the bag itself and indicates the airport or airline where the items were purchased;
- You cannot open the security bag until arrival at your final destination. However, security officers may need to open the bag and the bottles for screening. If this happens, and you have a connecting flight at another airport, tell the security officer so the liquids can be re-sealed in a new security bag.
Checked baggage is defined as set of passenger’s items and personal belongings, necessary for his or her well-being during the trip, which is transported in the hold of the aircraft and isn’t accessible by the passenger during the flight.
If you are travelling with a checked baggage, here’s what you need to know:
- Each airline applies its own rules regarding the free baggage allowance.
- For this reason, please check the website of the Carrier, in order to receive all information about size, weight and quantity of checked baggage, as well as the fees for any excess baggage;
- For security reasons, each checked baggage may never exceed 32 kg in any case;
- Your personal belongings must be properly packed in suitable suitcases, so that they can be safely transported and handled by airport personnel;
- Some items cannot be accepted as checked baggage because they can deteriorate in flight, damage other baggage or cause a danger to passengers or the aircraft;
- Remember to affix a label with your name, surname, address and telephone number and to remove any previous labels;
- For security reasons it’s strictly forbidden to leave your baggage unattended;
- Remember that it is absolutely forbidden to transport any item on behalf of third parties.
PROHIBITED ITEMS IN CHECKED BAGGAGE
All items that would undermine flight security are prohibited inside the hold baggage.
Your checked baggage must therefore not contain the following items:
Weapons and ammunition
Explosives, fireworks and rockets
Compressed gases (flammable, non-flammable, refrigerants and poisonous) such as camping gas and self defence spray
Flammable substances (liquid and solid)
Infectious and poisonous substances
Underwater torch with inserted batteries
It’s not permitted to carry in the hold any item considered dangerous for flight safety, such as:
Electronic pipes and cigars (these items are only allowed on the person)
Spare lithium batteries and power banks (spare lithium batteries).