The issue of the baggage policy has become quite a mess. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11 in the United States, there are a lot of everyday objects that you cannot carry in your carry-on luggage. In addition, with the rise of low cost airlines, the matter has also diversified a lot.
In fact, the very concept of hand luggage is not entirely clear. It depends a lot on each airline. In most, they consider that this corresponds to any suitcase that you carry with you and whose dimensions allow it to be stored in the trunk. Handbags or similar, which you can leave under the seat, are not included
However, there are also airlines that validate as carry-on luggage the case in which you carry the camera, or even the fanny pack, if it is a little larger than usual. Therefore, it is important that you be clear about the subject before traveling.
What is hand luggage?
As we said, the concept of hand luggage is directly related to the policy of each airline. So you should consult it, since you can get unpleasant surprises. Even if you have traveled with that airline before, you better check if they have not made any changes in this regard.
Now, hand luggage is that suitcase that you carry with you inside the cabin. On average, it should have the following dimensions: 56x45x25 cm. In some low cost the dimension is slightly smaller.
Likewise, the weight should not exceed 8 or 10 kilos. Most airlines allow you to carry a carry-on bag and an additional accessory, which corresponds to a small bag with the most personal items.
What you cannot carry in your hand luggage
In general, all sharp or sharp objects are prohibited in carry-on luggage. That includes everything from an explorer’s knife, to corkscrews and ski poles.
However, as is often the case, there are also some exceptions. Yes, you can take scissors, as long as the blade is less than 6 cm or they have a blunt tip. You can also carry fixed razor blades (disposable machines).
To the surprise of many, the famous nail clippers can be carried, as well as tweezers, knitting or sewing needles, umbrellas and support poles. Typically, all items with explosive potential are also restricted, except for safety matches and lighter. In general, there are no restrictions for electronic devices.
The topic of liquids
In this there is a universal regulation. What you can carry in your hand luggage is a maximum of 10 bottles of 100 ml each. The correct way to transport them is in a transparent bag, with a flexible closure. This is not negotiable at any airport in the world.
Now, there is some confusion in what is considered liquid. There are also gels and pastes. That is, all syrups, oils, creams, toothpaste (yes, toothpaste), patés, jams and everything that has a similar consistency. Aerosols are also strictly prohibited.
And the food?
This is a question that many travelers ask themselves, especially if they go on one of those airlines that does not give you even a glass of water, unless you buy it. Can you transport food in hand luggage? The answer is yes, but with restrictions.
The difficulty comes when you want to carry vegetable or animal products. A large number of countries do not allow meat products (ham, chicken, turkey, etc.), or dairy derivatives, and much less fruits or vegetables to be transported in hand luggage.
This includes seeds and canned goods. Sometimes they allow these products to be carried in checked luggage, but as long as they are vacuum packed.
Here too there are exceptions. The products you buy at duty free have no restrictions. What you should do is keep the original package of them and the purchase receipt. Only sometimes do they prevent you from having those drinks or foods on the plane, but in most cases they do not prohibit you.