Posted on Feb 15th, 2022 by Ankita Awasthi, Last updated Feb 15th, 2022, 2 comments
Planning a trip involves taking care of all the details while keeping its consequences in mind. First off, you must segregate the times you want to keep in your checked baggage from the ones you’ve planned to lug in your carry-on bags.
So further, let’s learn about both items prohibited from bearing in checked luggage, i.e., the luggage that one cannot pack in checked baggage and the things one shouldn’t carry.
Carry-on baggage is handy luggage that the passenger is authorized to carry along with them while flying and is covered in the flight ticket charges for carrying.
Speaking of checked baggage, not only is it separately charged but is also carried in the aeroplane cargo during aviation.
In general terms, checked baggage is comparatively larger than carry-on baggage.
However, one of the few things that are common in both checked baggage and carry-on baggage is its stringent rules about luggage dimension limitation and its prohibited items carriage. Also, both types of luggage are screened by the TSA (Transportation Services Authority).
The checked baggage rules are particularly important as they are set by the Transportation Services Authority and would not be overlooked at the security check site.
So, as a responsible and well-informed flyer, you must make sure you aren’t carrying any of the following items.
Despite its storage in the flight cargo, a strong liquor like grain alcohol is flammable and, hence, dangerous during aviation.
Compressed gases and reactive chemicals could be a risk to carry along in aviation. Hence, the TSA has omitted these items for checked baggage carriage. Given below is the list of most common compressed gas items that flyers bring along during check-in and are strictly not allowed:
The only battery equipment that one may pack in checked luggage is the ones that are entirely purged of fuel or any type of gases.
Few exceptions are entertained while others are not. For example:
1. Laptop Batteries: Although, If a laptop is packed with its battery in checked baggage, it would be allowed, independently, a laptop battery is not permitted in checked baggage. However, if the quantity is manageable, it can be taken further in the hand luggage.
2. Lithium Batteries – The flyer must ensure that the batteries are smaller than 100 watts hours if packed in checked baggage. However, A flyer can carry batteries within 100-300 watt-hours in carry-on luggage.
The TSA authorities set the limits as carrying it more than the limit increases the risk of combustion.
3. Power Banks: Another item that is highly prone to combustion.
4. Dry cell batteries and Spillable Batteries
Any kind of flammable item is prohibited from carrying in a checked or carry-on luggage. Given below is a list of the most common flammable items that flyers bring along during check-in and are strictly not allowed:
Any kind of weapon (even if dismantled) is not allowed to carry along while flying, both in checked baggage and carry-on luggage.
Common Ammunition that are not allowed:
The firearm must be unloaded and kept in a rigid-sided container if approved. However, the flyer must ensure their application for the carriage permission is approved before bringing it to the airport premises.
There is a fine line between the things that one is not allowed to carry and those that one shouldn’t carry in a checked bag. Apart from the prohibited items, a flyer must be smart about the consequences of keeping a few items in checked baggage.
Here are the most basic items that you must avoid keeping in a checked Baggage:
Not only is there a chance of losing your bag, but it may get stolen during the whole process. In fact, you can keep them with you in your carry-on luggage or simply wear it as gold and diamonds are not restricted through a metal detector.
MyTicketsToIndia understands the easy and spacious packing concern here, but it may lead the flyer to go through the whole packing process at the airport.
An alternative for such spacious and comfortable packing is following the modern packing hacks with rolling clothes or keeping compressed packing cubes for the same.
The airlines do not cover the loss of damage or theft and may cost a flyer a fortune. So, one must avoid keeping them in checked baggage and prefer carry-on bags to transport electronic devices safely. And still, if the flyer absolutely must keep it in checked baggage, they should make sure it is covered with excess valuation insurance.
Moreover, if the bag is misplaced or the connecting flight gets delayed, you may not get access to your medicines on time as planned. Hence, it may arrive late or, in rare cases, may never reach you. So, make sure you keep your medicines handy all the time.
Before packing for one’s next flight, they must learn about all the ins and outs of the packing restrictions and allowances. Since we know everything about the packing restrictions, let’s continue further and learn about the most basic items that are allowed in checked luggage.
If your item isn’t listed in the restricted items list, it is pretty much possible to tote it along in the checked luggage. From Basic day-to-day necessary items that aren’t tagged as restricted by TSA,to all the unusual items that are safe, non-flammable, non-reactive check into the belly of a plane falling within the defined dimensions, are allowed to carry and check as checked baggage.
It is very natural for various countries to have their own exclusive rules and restrictions for their respective airports. If a flyer is boarding for a foreign country for the first time, they must learn about all the allowed items in checked as well as carry-on luggage.
Not proceeding likewise can cause them unnecessary inconvenience and may take them longer to leave the airport premises than planned. Ignorance of these rules can also lead to legal action against the flyer for not abiding by the law.
For instance, simple items like plants or planting seeds are banned from lugging along as a precautionary measure against the spread of plant-based diseases or insect infestations.
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Q. Can you bring batteries on a plane?
A. Mostly, batteries are better allowed in carry-on luggage than checked baggage. However, each airline has a limit to carrying the amount of a battery in both, especially Lithium batteries.
Q. Can I bring a lighter on a plane?
A. No, a lighter is strictly prohibited on a plane for both checked and carry-on luggage.
Q. Can I put alcohol in a checked bag?
A. Yes, you can carry alcohol in checked baggage, provided the beverages are not over 140 proof or 70% ABV.
Q. Can I put a laptop in a checked bag?
A. Yes, packing a laptop in a checked bag is not prohibited and is entirely a personal choice. However, MyTicketsToIndia suggests keeping fragile items like a laptop in your carry-on luggage, as the airport staff could roughly handle checked baggage while transporting it.
Ankita Awasthi has been a content writer for over half a decade now. She seeks to satiate her writing urge by charting creative blogs with up-to-the-minute information. In true wordsmith spirit, she believes that a creative head never sleeps! Her blogs constantly aspire to inspire readers to live their travel dream. Her writing genre covers Indian tourism destinations, offbeat locales and travel guides with focus on its rich art history, culture, heritage, nature trails and travelling attributes.