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.
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.
ON THE PLANE – CARRY-ON LUGGAGE RULES:
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.
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.
IN THE HOLD – CHECK-IN BAGS:
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:
- 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.
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.