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Carry On Luggage Rules

Carry on luggage rules have been modified a couple of years ago and now you have to pay attention while packing your belongings to avoid having something thrown away while passing the screening point.

The rules regarding maximum size measurements are also more severe, as many people began to take all belongings into the cabin instead of checking another baggage.

Often people prefer not to check baggage to avoid paying for it (low cost airlines do not offer it included in ticket price), to avoid losing it or having it delayed.

The most common size measurements allowed are shown as a total number of inches (eg 45"), that is the total of the length, width and height of the piece. It seldom happens to have it measured by an airline operator, only in the case the baggage really looks big or seems not to fit on the airplane containers. In this case you will be asked to have it checked. carry on luggage rules

The biggest change in carry on luggage rules regards the prohibition of taking liquids, gels, creams or anything of this kind. You can take toiletry items in a maximum size of 3oz/100ml inside a clear plastic bag that you have to take by hand while passing screening control. TSA states that one quarter plastic bag represents the whole quantity each person is allowed to bring in cabin.

You will be able to take with you any liquid you buy after the security gate. So, if you want to take any liquor to a friend as a gift, buy it inside the security area. The same goes if you want to take some water with you for the flight.

If you are travelling with a baby, you will be allowed to take baby formulas and milk in a larger quantity than 3oz/50ml. You will have to declare it for inspection at the security checkpoint. The same happens to medical prescriptions over 3oz/100ml.

Pay attention to what's stated at IATA website regarding what some governments have directed that for safety reasons, all knives, sharp objects or cutting implements of any kind and of any length, whether of metal or other material, and some sporting goods must be packed in checked baggage. They cannot be carried in the cabin baggage nor on your person.

If you have any doubt, it is wise to contact your airline before preparing your bags to avoid unpacking and packing at the airport check in counter.

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