It’s a Christmas tradition that ends in a surplus of mini nail clippers, thimbles and key rings - not to mention a sudden knowledge of why the chicken did indeed cross the road. They’re Christmas crackers (or bob bons) and at a Christmas meal they’re as necessary as a fork (plus the paper crowns are to die for).
But not everyone loves the old Christmas cracker. In all the excitement of the competition, the prizes and the terrible, terrible jokes, we sometimes forget that these gaudy little cardboard amusements can be a fire hazard and are justly treated so when carried on an aircraft.
In fact most airlines have very strict Christmas cracker rules, some banning them travel altogether.
According to airport publication, APH, Qantas allows passengers to carry two packets of Christmas crackers in their checked baggage, but they must be in their original packaging.
However, those planning on visiting the US are warned to leave their crackers at home, the TSA issuing the following Christmas cracker statement: “These items are prohibited from flying in checked or carry-on bags. They are flammable and should not be brought on airplanes. They fall in the same category as sparklers and fireworks.”
The following airlines are among those that ban the carrying of Christmas crackers altogether:
Air New Zealand
South African Airlines