International Baggage Allowance and Security Measures
Cruise passengers flying one way (to or from their cruise ship) are usually asked to conform to normal air travel baggage limitations.
*Air travel is usually advertised from 15 kgs (33 lbs) to 23 kgs (51 lbs) in economy class or 3 bags each of 23 kgs (51 lbs) per person in first class. For some routes it is solely a question of how many pieces of luggage may be carried. Please refer to final travel documents issued by OTS for up to date information.
*If you are traveling with a low cost airline your ticket as purchased in advance by OTS will allow for ONE piece of HOLD luggage only at a maximum weight of 15 kgs (33 lbs) or 20kgs (44 lbs). If you decide to carry two bags for storing in the HOLD the airline will charge extra at check-in for the second bag. In other words the airline is charging on a per bag basis even though the weight allowance may not have been exceeded.
The following is a guide to the security requirements for all passengers departing from UK airports and also provides advice which should help passengers pass through the security search point as quickly as possible.Key points to remember:
* Each passenger is restricted to carrying one item of cabin baggage through the airport search point. It should be a standard sized bag with maximum dimensions of 56cm (22”) x 45cm (17½”) x 25cm (9¾”) including wheels, pockets and handles. Some airlines (particularly low cost operators) may well restrict the size of carry on cabin baggage to 55cm (21½”) x 40cm (15¾”) x 20cm (7¾”).*
Where possible and sensible, put all liquid items in your hold baggage. This includes water and other drinks (both of which are far from being recommended!!!), creams, sprays, pastes and gels.
The details below will help you and it is strongly recommended you take some time to read each paragraph before setting off for the airport.Security Procedures - Passenger Requirements
Some liquids are allowed through airport security check points. There are however, restrictions on the quantity of liquids that can be taken through:
Passengers may carry small quantities of liquids, but only within separate containers each of which has a capacity not greater than 100ml.
These containers must be brought to the airport contained in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag (about the size of a small freezer bag), which itself must not exceed 1 litre in capacity (approximately 20cm x 20cm or 8” x 8”). The contents of the plastic bag must fit comfortably when the bag is sealed. Each passenger may carry only one such bag of liquids.
The bag must be presented separately for examination at the airport security point.
*Any containers larger than 100ml (excluding essential medicines, see section below) will NOT be allowed through the security search point … even if they are only part full.
* Most liquids of any amount may still be carried in hold baggage.
* ONE lighter per person may be carried through central search. Lighters form part of the allowance of liquid in the litre bag and can either be placed inside the litre bag or screened separately provided they would not fit into the bag. It is very important that passengers do not place the lighter in their cabin bag after screening - it must be carried on the person for the duration of the flight. Lighters are NOT permitted in hold baggage.
Remember that ‘Liquids’ includes:
* All drinks, including water, soup, syrups
* Creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara etc
* Sprays and pressurized containers including shaving foam and spray deodorants
* Pastes, including toothpastes
* Gels, including hair and shower gel
* Any other solutions and items of similar consistency
Please note that liquids can usually be purchased beyond airport security search points, in the departures area and carried on as hand baggage … since these liquids have already been subjected to a separate screening process.
Essential medicines for the period of the trip may be permitted in larger quantities above the 100ml limit, but will be subject to authentication. Passengers must have obtained the prior agreement of the airline with which they are traveling and their departure airport. Passengers must also bring with them supporting documentation from a relevant qualified medical professional.
Essential Medical Equipment
Passengers are permitted to carry through airport security medical equipment essential for use during the period of their trip. Where possible the equipment should be contained within the airline’s cabin baggage allowance and again should be accompanied by supporting documentation from a relevant qualified medical professional.
Liquid baby food or sterilised water, sufficient for the journey, can be taken through airport security. The accompanying adult will be required to verify by tasting.
Essential Liquid Dietary Foodstuffs
Liquid dietary foodstuffs which are deemed essential can be taken through airport security and will be subject to taste verification by the passenger.
Laptops and other large electrical items (eg a large hairdryer) have to be removed from cabin baggage and screened separately.
All items of luggage larger than the permitted cabin baggage size must be checked in to be placed in the aircraft hold. The only exception is musical instruments. These are allowed as a second item of cabin baggage if they do not fit into the cabin bag. They will however need to be screened and passengers should check with their airlines (via OTS) as to whether or not there are special arrangements (eg purchasing an extra seat) for these large instruments.
Preparing for your Journey
Passengers are asked to bear in mind the following advice to help make their passage through the airport as efficient and comfortable as possible:
Before you arrive at the airport
* Limit quantities of liquids to what you may need in the cabin for the duration of the flight.
* When possible (and where sensible) … put all liquids in hold baggage. Remember do not place lighters in hold baggage - the one lighter permitted must be carried on the person for the duration of the flight.
* Prepare the re-sealable bag of liquids before arriving at the airport.
* Check any last minute queries you have with OTS, your airport or airline before traveling to the airport.
* Please note that any gifts carried in the cabin bag should be unwrapped.
As you approach the security search point
* Be ready to hand over your re-sealable bag of liquids for screening as you approach the security search point. It will be screened at the same time as your cabin baggage.
* All coats and jackets will have to be removed ready to be screened and metal items may need to be placed in plastic trays and screened separately.
* If you are carrying a laptop or any other large electrical item within your cabin luggage then please have it ready for separate screening.
* Please note that you may be asked to remove your footwear for security screening.
* Full body screening is now taking place at major UK and US airports, albeit on a selective basis. It is emphasised that certain precautions exist such as images obtained by the scanners being immediately deleted. Moreover, they cannot be transferred, saved or printed!
Duty Free/Departure Lounge Purchases
* You may take on board liquid items of any size that are purchased after the security search point in the departure lounge (sometimes referred to as ‘Airside’), as these items would have undergone a separate screening process.
* Most duty free or similar purchases will be given to you in a special sealed bag. Do not open this bag until you have reached the final destination. You should also retain your proof of purchase receipt throughout the journey. You will be required to show it at all transfer points.
* Please note restrictions apply to duty free purchases made on return journeys where passengers change flights at an EU airport. These are explained in detail in the next section.
Do bear in mind that these are the requirements set down by the Department for Transport. Airlines and Airports may have additional measures in place, and passengers with last minute queries are strongly advised to check with OTS or the website of their carrier or airport before traveling.
Returning to the UK
Traveling from an airport in the EU, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland:
The arrangements outlined above apply. Please note restrictions on cabin baggage sizes may not be in effect in some EU member states, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland. For further details please check with your carrier when at destination.
Traveling from an Airport in any other country
Local arrangements apply. Check with your carrier whilst at destination.
Special information for transit/transfer passengers
If your journey involves changing flights at any EU airport, special restrictions apply. You may only take liquid items (for example duty free) through the security search point at your connecting airport if:
* they conform to the requirements for passengers departing from EU airports as set out above; or
* they have been purchased airside at another EU airport, or on board an aircraft operated by an EU carrier. You will need to show proof of purchase to demonstrate this.
Liquid items in excess of 100ml purchased from other airports or on board other airlines may only be carried as hold baggage on the connecting flight.
The 28 member states of the European Union are:
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