Hand luggage: Always make sure you pack this in your cabin baggage to be prepared

Flights all see passengers taking hand luggage on board, no matter what the airline. It’s easy to think that anything you won’t need during the flight should go in hold luggage. However, this might not always be the case – travellers should factor in the chance of something going wrong. If your luggage gets lost or stolen in transit – you may struggle if your vital items are in that suitcase.

This is particularly the case with medications – and especially daily ones.

If you’re parted from your suitcase you want to be prepared and still have what’s needed to hand.

Consequently, it’s advised you pack any medicines in your hand luggage.

This way you’ll always have the necessary supplies should something goes wrong.

This rule can apply to prescription medicines as well as over-the-counter ones.

You should also keep any valuables in your carry on luggage rather than hold – again for in case your luggage is stolen.

Many travellers might be concerned about wearing their jewellery for a flight as it could set alarms off at airport security.

However, if you are wearing good quality metal this shouldn’t be a problem. Airport security systems are alerted to magnetic metals – and gold and platinum are not magnetic.

Sarah Duncan, Head of Jewellery at Chiswick Auctions, told “Jewellery alone shouldn’t set off alarm bells as you pass through security unless they resemble the shape of something dangerous.”

However, if you are stopped at security with valuables – be wary about opening your bag in the open.

“If you’re travelling with some fabulous jewels in your bag and you are stopped at security, ask for a private room if they want to inspect your bag,” Duncan advised.

“Airport security has to provide this for you and that way you keep your jewels away from prying eyes!”

As for electronic valuables – make sure they have enough charge to turn on when going through airport security in hand luggage. 

The current travel advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) states: “Make sure your electronic devices are charged before you travel.

“If your device does not switch on when requested, you will not be allowed to take it onto the aircraft.”

By proving your device works as normal, a security screener knows that the phone, laptop or tablet is not hiding hidden explosives where the batteries are stored, explained The Telegraph.


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