Some prohibited items on display at the check-in of an airport

WHAT is considered a safe item to travel with when a passenger wants to travel by air? What objects can you travel with on board the aircraft or which do you have to check-in? Or have as carry-ons?

These questions are not difficult to guess an answer to but it is still important to highlight some of these objects you can or cannot transport via air

When embarking on a journey by air, it is important to know that it is the travellers’ responsibility to make sure what he/she is packing doesn’t pose a risk to and other passengers.

In airports across the country, I have watched as security personnel stop one or two people embarking on a flight asking them to drop some items deemed dangerous for air travel and this brings us to our topic today on Travel Tips, dangerous goods.

What are dangerous goods? Dangerous goods are items or substances that when transported by aircraft are a risk to health, safety, property or the environment and they vary from the commonest items to the most conspicuous.

Items that are classified as dangerous and will not be allowed into an aircraft include obvious things, such as: explosives, radioactive materials, flammable liquids, dangerous or volatile chemicals, strong acids, compressed gases, poisons and aerosols.

Everyday items that can cause problems include firearms, knifes, toiletries, aerosols, tools and lithium batteries.

Anywhere in the world, it is frowned upon to take sharp objects on board an aircraft in a carry-on bag. It is a no-brainier that objects or weapons with sharp edges like axes, ice picks, razor blades, box cutters, hatchets , arrows, darts, swords, Sabres, scissors, harpoons cannot be brought onboard the flight and this is for safety reason.

In the United States of America, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) require that a firearm cannot be allowed onboard but can be packed in a hard-sided container that is locked with the container placed in the checked in luggage, if knives and other sharp objects cannot be brought on your carry-on bag; then neither can a gun.

And since safety is everyone’s responsibility, failing to declare dangerous goods can result in fines or imprisonment.

What items can you fly with and how can they be packaged?

Liquids and Gels. You may only carry on liquids and gels that are in 3.4-ounce containers or smaller. Liquids include toiletries such as shampoo, after-shave, hand or body lotion, mouthwash and liquid makeup. Toiletries often found in gel form include toothpaste, deodorant and lip balm or lipstick.

If you do take liquids in your hand luggage: containers must hold no more than 100ml. containers must be in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm. … you’re limited to 1 plastic bag per person.

Chargers: Also it is ill-advised to pack you portable charger (power pack) in hold luggage: Taking your portable phone charger (power pack) on a plane is fine, but just remember to pack it in your hand luggage. Do not put them in your hold luggage as this is not permitted and could result in your luggage not being loaded.

Lithium batteries:
These battery can eventually hit temperatures of more than 1,000° F. At that point the flammable electrolyte can ignite or even explode when exposed to the oxygen in the air. Will these catastrophic failures, rare though they may be, spell the end of theLi-ion battery.


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