Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Can I take Christmas crackers on my flight?
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Simon Calder is Travel Editor at Large for The Independent, writing a weekly column, various articles and features as well as filming a weekly video diary. Every Sunday afternoon, Simon presents the UK's only radio travel phone-in programme called The LBC Travel Show with Simon Calder (97.3 FM). He is a regular guest on national TV, often seen on BBC Breakfast, Daybreak, ITV News and Sky News. He is often interviewed on BBC Radio, particularly for BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours programme and BBC Five Live.
Friday 07 December 2012
Q Can I take Christmas crackers to my sister in Sydney so we can have a proper celebratory lunch on 25 December?
A Possibly. If you are flying west via the USA rather than east via Asia, the answer is a flat “no”; they are not allowed at a US airport. Crackers are also banned from hand luggage. But on British Airways at least, if the crackers are in the manufacturer’s original packaging, you are allowed a maximum of two boxes in your hold baggage.
Incidentally, don’t imagine the security rules on liquids will be relaxed because it’s Christmas a bottle of Scotch for your sister in Sydney. Indeed, security checks are likely to more rigorous than usual: the Lockerbie attack was four days before Christmas, 1988, and the “Shoe Bomber” attempt to blow up a plane took place three days before Christmas, 2001.
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