The surprising items BANNED from carry-on and check-in luggage for Ryanair and Aer Lingus flights

PACKING for a holiday can be the most stressful part of your summer getaway – so knowing what you can and can’t take on a flight couldn’t be more important.

Airport security is a familiar headache for us all, and no one feels like more of a criminal than when a forgotten water bottle leads to an extensive bag search.

Packing for a holiday can be confusing - follow our guide for what you can and can't bring on board


Packing for a holiday can be confusing – follow our guide for what you can and can’t bring on boardCredit: Getty Images – Getty

There’s plenty of rules and restrictions around what you can and can’t pack in a carry-on bag, but passengers must also follow regulations for check-in bags when heading abroad.

Ryanair and Aer Lingus’ prohibited packing items may even surprise you – so our mega guide will save you time and security embarrassment when jetting off for a summer break.


E-cigs and vapes: You can carry them on the plane, but you can’t use them.

Electronics and batteries: You can bring both electronics and batteries on the plane, but you can only take 15 electronic devices and 20 batteries – but the batteries can’t be loose, the must be installed in a device.

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Firearms, knives and explosives: This one doesn’t need explaining.

Power banks: In short, yes you can bring a portable charger onto a plane BUT you must bring it as carry on and it MUST have a capacity of less than 100Wh.

Aerosols and deodorant: You can bring roll-on deodorant on to the plane if it is less than 100ml – and make sure to display it in clear plastic bag when going through security.

You CAN’T bring any aerosol or aerosol deodorants onto the plane – but you can put them in a checked-in bag.

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Children’s toys: You can’t bring any toy guns or anything that replicates a firearm onto the plane.

Sports equipment: You can’t bring any bats, rackets, clubs or martial arts equipment with sharp edges onto the plane, they must be checked-in.

Tools: These are a no go. Aer Lingus defines this as: “workmen’s tools – tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft”.

This includes, drills, saws, hammers, crowbars and so on – it’s best to just leave the tool box at home.

Knitting needles: You’ll have to leave these in the airplane’s hold.

Human ashes: Human ashes can be brought onto the plane as long as you have all the right paperwork.

Animals: Ryanair do not transport animals, only assistance and guide dogs.

You can bring your pet on an Aer Lingus flight, but they must go into the aircraft’s hold.


Wedding dresses: Ryanair recommend booking a second seat for your wedding dress instead of putting it into the hold.

‘Delicate but small musical instruments’: To keep these safe, Ryanair also recommend a second purchased seat on the plane – just for your violin.

Passports: You need this to get on the plane, DO NOT make the mistake of putting this into your check-in bag.

Tobacco and cigarettes: Aer Lingus allows you to carry tobacco in your checked in baggage however, Ryanair does not.

Money: It is prohibited to carry money in a checked-in bag.

Other banned items in a checked-in bag includes:

  • Keys
  • Lighters
  • Watches
  • Christmas crackers
  • More than one liter of edible oil – example: olive oil
  • Alcohol with an ABV of more than 70 per cent
  • Fire extinguishers

Meanwhile, Irish holidaymakers could face fines of up to € 30,000 for going to illegal parties in Spanish holiday hotspots.

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Travelers who go to illegal bashes on the Balearic Islands could be slapped with heavy fines, which are set to range from € 300 to € 30,000.

And those organizing an illegal bash in places like Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca could be fined up to € 300,000.

Some banned items on a flight are surprising


Some banned items on a flight are surprisingCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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