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5 Things You Should Never Carry in Your Cabin Luggage

Airport security can be overwhelming for even the most frequent travellers. Even when travelling across India, different Indian airports may have slightly different procedures that may throw your focus off. While there’s little you can do to learn every airport’s nitty-gritty, your next best bet is avoiding luggage mistakes. In this article, we will discuss some dont’s when it comes to hand luggage or cabin luggage.

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5 Items You Must Avoid Putting in Your Hand Luggage

Packing for a long-awaited holiday is serious business- from weather-appropriate clothes to important medicines for travel abroad, there's a lot to consider. But even more important is to be aware of any prohibited items and avoid them in your luggage at all costs. 


As a responsible traveller, you must know the different items you can and not carry in different luggages. These rules also vary considerably from country to country, so you must check the guidelines provided by your airline to avoid carrying prohibited items.

Talking about rules, make sure to check any travel insurance requirements stated by your airline or country you're visiting. Even if there is no mandate, you should always purchase international trip insurance to truly secure your holiday. In this article, we have covered below the five items you should never carry in your hand baggage while on a flight:

Pointed or Sharp Objects

This is one of the most commonly prohibited items, and almost every airport in the world bans such items from being in your hand luggage. Avoid carrying sharp objects like Swiss knives, pen knives, scissors, etc., in your cabin baggage. You can safely remove any pointy object which may be used as a weapon in a flight.

Other sharp objects, like swords, machetes, saws, etc., are prohibited, too. However, even blunt instruments like baseball, cues, wooden poles, cricket bats, and martial arts equipment are also prohibited in the hand baggage.

Toy Firearms & Ammunition

While these may not be prohibited at every airport, you may face some delays or complications at the airport security check. Especially if your toy replicas or ammunition are capable of causing damage to others, you must not carry them in your hand baggage. Even if it is to keep your children engaged, consider other toys to avoid any security conflicts.

Liquor & Liquids

This one is the most common rule that most air travellers are familiar with. You can carry liquids only up to 100 ml in your hand baggage, including baby food or milk. You can keep medicines in your checked-in luggage if you need to carry them.

However, the liquor amount varies considerably across countries, and you can generally carry up to 5 litres of alcohol in your check-in luggage. However, you must confirm the alcoholic levels of the liquor you plan to carry. These are generally between 24%-70%.

Explosive & Flammable Items

This one is a no-brainer, however you must be careful about lesser-known flammable liquids. These include lighters, smoke cartridges, flammable paints, electronic and plasma lighters, blasting caps, smoke canisters and fireworks. 

Explosives like flares, hand grenades, fireworks and detonators are also prohibited for obvious reasons.

Guns and Firearms

BB guns, compressed air guns, pellet guns, toy replicas of guns, paintball markers, starter pistols, and other well-packaged ammunition are only allowed in your check-in luggage. You must avoid any of these in your cabin luggage or hand baggage.

You must pack all the weapons in the check-in luggage and unload them well. If the firearm has been allowed by airport officials, it must be stored in a rigid container. Please note that not all airlines accept ammunition.

You must also avoid firecrackers, tear gas, whips, batons, shock guns and nan-chakus in your cabin baggage.

Please note that the list of prohibited items may vary considerably from state to state and country to country. Make sure you confirm with the airlines in case of doubts.

Wrapping it Up,

As a traveller, you must ensure that you are well-prepared before starting your much-awaited trip. We hope that the above tips will help you pack your already complex baggage without facing any complications at the airport.

To ensure your and your baggage's safety, don't forget to buy a comprehensive travel insurance plan for your upcoming trip.

A trip insurance with baggage delay or baggage loss coverage will ensure that you're not left inconvenienced without essentials. It will also cover important emergencies you may face during travel, such as emergency hospitalisation, cancelled flights and passport loss.

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