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Cabin fever: what can I take on the plane?

Monday, February 25, 2008

By Kim Wildman
MSN NZ Travel writer

Following an alleged terrorist plot to detonate liquid explosives on a trans-Atlantic flight in 2006 unprecedented security measures were introduced causing widespread chaos and delays at airport security points around the world. While restrictions have been gradually relaxed, there is still much confusion about what is, and more importantly, what is not allowed on board. So what can you take on plane?

From March 2007 new security measures applying to the carrying of liquids, aerosols and gels in hand baggage were introduced on all international flights departing New Zealand. These restrictions still remain in place today:

  • Any liquids, aerosols and gels such as drinks, creams, perfumes, sprays, gels, toothpaste, lip gloss and mascaras must be carried in individual containers of 100ml volume or less;
  • All containers must be carried in a re-sealable transparent plastic bag no larger than one litre in volume (approximately 20cm by 20cm or eight inches by eight inches);
  • One bag is permitted per each passenger, including children; and
  • The plastic bag must be sealed and presented separately from all other carry-on baggage at the security screening points at airports.

There are exceptions for medicines, baby products and dietary supplements in liquid or gel form, but only reasonable amounts (enough for the journey and possible flight delays) are permitted in the cabin of the aircraft. It is also important that all medication is clearly labelled with a professional pharmaceutical label identifying the medication or manufacturers name.

The restrictions on carrying liquids, aerosols and gels only apply to international flights. However, if your overseas holiday begins with a domestic flight, then you will need to be prepared ahead of time. When you check in for your domestic flight your bags will be checked through to your final international destination, so ensure that all liquids, aerosols and gels that you have in your carry-on baggage are already in 100ml containers in a one litre re-sealable plastic bag.

Although the current regulations regarding the carrying of liquids, aerosols and gels are in line with measures introduced in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and the European Union, it is important to remember that some aspects of these restrictions may vary from country to country and may also change over time. For the latest information about the international changes to carry-on baggage requirements see: www.flysmart.govt.nz

It is also worth noting that in the recent past flights departing and transiting through the UK and the USA had additional restrictions with passengers only permitted to carry one item on board with a maximum size of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and a maximum weight of 18kg. Therefore, we strongly suggest that before departing you check with your airline on the cabin baggage arrangements for your particular journey.

Tips for long-haul flights:

  • Purchase your duty-free items just prior to or at the end of the last flight of your journey, or arrange to collect it on your return to New Zealand;
  • Instead of carrying deodorant in aerosol or liquid form take deodorant wipes;
  • Consider taking a small packet of Listerine PocketPaks instead of mouthwash or toothpaste;
  • As a substitute for liquid cleanser you can purchase thin strips of dry soap which after adding a drop of water transforms into suds;
  • Instead of taking large bottles of shampoo, conditioner and moisturiser, collect all the free samples given away with women's magazines — these small packets are ideally sized; and
  • Alternatively, Australian-based Ciao Bella offers a range of clever travel kits with perfectly-measured portions of cleansers, toners moisturisers and much more all easily purchased online.

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User comments
I am leaving next week for a week long cruise in the carribean and am wondering what I am allowed to take on board in my carry on and in my luggage. thanks

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