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Gifts you can’t carry on a plane (or post)

It’s easy to get caught up in the Christmas rush: buying presents, sending presents, travelling to family to give presents. Not to mention all of that food preparation... 



But in the pre-Christmas craze - as with the rest of the year - there are crucial baggage restrictions and shipping rules that simply can’t be overlooked (unless you’re a certain K.Kringle of course). 


To help steer you through this, comparison website has put together a list of gifts (popular and otherwise) that are banned in carry-on or checked luggage, as well as by post. 


Whilst this depends to some extent on the airline, presents passengers are prohibited from travelling with include toys with lithium batteries (fire hazard), cricket bats or golf clubs (and some other larger sporting goods), ice skates (considered potentially dangerous), darts and slingshots (allowed in hold), perfumes and cosmetics (only allowed in checked baggage) and alcohol (limited, and only in checked luggage). 


Items prohibited via mail include cards with cash, jewellery, aerated hair products, toy guns (with paper caps), gifts valued at over $2,000, extra lithium batteries for toys, and fruit and vegetables.



“As the holidays are fast approaching, it becomes an especially busy time of the year for airports and mail services. That’s why it’s crucial we do our research before travelling with, or sending, gifts to family and friends,” travel insurance expert Abigail Koch said. 


“Although most airports and destinations share common restrictions, it is worthwhile checking the rules and regulations of specific airlines you travel with as well as the places you’re visiting or sending parcels to. 


“If you’re not careful, you may end up delayed, stuck at security or missing your flight altogether. 


“While travel insurance may cover missed flights for reasons outside of your or the airline’s control, it won’t cover you if you are at fault.”


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 7 December 2018

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