April 11, 2010
By Judy McEuen
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Apr. 11, 2010/ Troy Media/ — While you can do away with checked baggage, the same doesn’t hold true with carry-on luggage. In fact, these days, most airlines are advising their passengers to limit their baggage to a single carry-on bag.
Not only will a single carry-on bag save you time in the airport, it will also dramatically reduce your risk of losing your luggage. However, due to security issues, you can’t just pack anything that strikes your fancy. You have to know what is allowed and what is prohibited. It’ll help you move along on your trip smoothly and avoid a possible trip to the airport’s interrogation room.
Check with your airline
However, different airlines have different carry-on luggage allowance, so it is best to check with your airline about the maximum allowable size and weight of carry-on luggage. You’ll want to make sure that you will not exceed the limit because you can’t refuse if they require you to gate check your baggage. Airlines will also allow you to carry on certain items along with your carry-on bag, such as an umbrella, a laptop bag and a book. But check with your airline about these items as well so that you will not have to stuff them all in a single bag.
Hazardous and flammable materials are all out. If the item poses a threat to the health and wellbeing of passengers or the safety and security of the airplane, it is most likely to be banned from the vicinity of the aircraft. Explosives, gases, pressure containers, infectious materials, radioactive and magnetic materials, poison, corrosives and other dangerous items are prohibited.
Take note that even replicas of explosives and flammable items are also banned. If you are one of those people who can’t leave home without your pepper spray, make an exception when going to the airport for your flight. It’s a prohibited item; so, you’re better off if you leave it at home.
When bringing along liquids, gels or aerosols take note of the allowed numbers. The amount per liquid, gel or aerosol should not be more than three ounces (or 100 ml), all of them combined should fit in a one quart clear plastic bag and each person is allowed only one of these bags. To easily remember the rule, think of 3-1-1 as your carry-on safety tenet.
Restricted liquids are not just limited to your toiletries and bottled water. Even sauces, syrups and jams are included. Liquid in gift items such as snow globes should also not go beyond the three-ounces limit.
Parents traveling with babies or individuals with medical conditions need not worry. Formula, bottled breast milk and infant food as well as prescriptions in the form of liquids, gels and aerosols are exempted from the 3-1-1 rule.
Pack a smaller bag
It is recommended that you pack a smaller foldable bag in your carry-on luggage – containing prescriptions, toiletries, important documents, eyeglasses and money-related items – because airlines allow only a limited number and weight of carry-on luggage. Once they have reached their limit, other passengers may be required to check-in their carry-on luggage.
When this happens, you can easily dig up and remove your personal essentials, place them in your contingency bag and bring them with you on the plane.