Carrying a Christmas Cracker on a plane.

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Ever wondered whether you can take Christmas Crackers on a plane? No, nor have I. If you did want to know then Airport Parking & Hotels Ltd has done the work for you.

There are opportunities for confusion because some airports will allow them to be carried but only in hand luggage or hold baggage. BUT only if the airline agrees that they can be carried so passengers will have to check with both their airport and their airline.

Gatwick, Heathrow and Birmingham allow one unopened box of crackers to be placed in hand luggage – as long as they are permitted by the passenger’s airline. Manchester, Stansted, Liverpool, East Midlands and London City airports allow them in checked luggage only.

The other thing to remember is that the crackers should still be in the original packaging and not to have been opened at all.

By and large. Airport Parking & Hotels recommend that you pack any crackers you feel you must make in your hold luggage but tell your airline that they are there. And whatever you do, don’t take crackers to the USA under any circumstances even if your airline normally will say that they can be carried.

Theses airlines ban you carrying crackers at all.

Air France, Air India, Air New Zealand, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Icelandair, KLM, Norwegian Airlines, Ryanair, SAS, Singapore Airlines, South African Airlines, United Airlines, WestJet, Wow Air.

These airlines will allow you to take crackers with you.

Aer Lingus, bmi Regional, British Airways, Eastern Airways, EasyJet, Flybe, Jet2, Qantas, Qatar, Thomas Cook, TUI, Virgin Atlantic.

Of those airlines letting you carry crackers only Aer Lingus, bmi Regional and EasyJet allow you to carry them as hand baggage. All other airlines insist the crackers go in the hold luggage.

As to how many boxes of crackers you can carry, the limit is generally two boxes which is pretty daft since you can buy single crackers, packs of 6, 9 and 12 and maybe in even bigger packs than that. Aer Lingus, Jet2 and TUI seem to let you carry as many boxes as you like whereas bmi Regional, Easter, Flybe, Thomas Cook and Virgin Atlantic limit you to one.

But why would you want to carry crackers when you go away? They take up a lot or room and you might be able to buy them at your destination.  If you can’t then what are the purposes of kitchen rolls and toilet rolls for? Did none of you watch Blue Peter when they showed you how to make your own?

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