for strength as opposed to looks, cases can receive harsh
treatment at airports, and hard-frame cases are tougher than
soft nylon ones, which can tear. Take care not to over fill
your case and remember to pack any valuables in your hand
luggage. Attach luggage labels to every item of your baggage,
and put name and address labels inside your bags and cases.
standard allowance on charter flights is 20kg (44lb)
per person (excluding infants), unless your ticket says
otherwise, there is usually a charge if you exceed this
amount. On scheduled flights, the allowance is normally
two pieces of luggage weighing 32kg (70lb) each.
can also take one piece of hand luggage with you on
to the plane, but this should not exceed 5kg in weight,
and be no bigger than 43x28x23cms. Please note that
hand luggage may be weighed, as well as cameras and
handbags. The low dose x-ray machines used at UK Airports
will not affect photographic film.
recommend that you take with you a basic first aid kit to
cover you in the event of stomach upsets, headaches, sunburn,
cuts and grazes etc. Also remember to pack any prescribed
medication, this should be carried in your hand luggage.
multipack cartons of cigarettes purchased outside airports
have a 'free' lighter attached to them. There is strong evidence
that these lighters may in some circumstances self ignite.
Aviation law requires passengers to carry lighters and matches
on their person. Passengers are allowed to carry one lighter
only. Under no circumstances should lighters be packed in
suitcases or hand baggage.
you can't take with you
items are classed as dangerous goods, and are not allowed
firearms or replica weapons, including toys
blade knives or other implements with more than three-inch
flares, fireworks, toy gun caps or non-safety matches
of any type, including compressed cylinders, tear gas,
mace or camping gas
materials such as paints, thinners, lighter fuel, petrol
or fire lighters
weedkillers or insecticides
including car batteries or mercury
or radioactive materials
you carry any of these items with you they are liable to be
confiscated at the airport and given to the handling agent
or security personnel. It will then be your responsibility
to arrange for the safe return of the items when you come
back from your holiday.
What you can take with you
can take the following items onto the aircraft:
and spirits in containers up to five litres
or toiletries (including aerosols) in containers up to
500ml or 500g each - up to a total of two litres or two
hair curlers (one per person), as long as the safety cap
is fitted at all times (but refills cannot be taken with
matches or one lighter, which uses absorbed liquid or
liquefied gas fuel (but refills cannot be taken with you).
if you plan to carry any unusual items for medical needs or
sporting activities, contact the airport in advance. There
may be a charge for the carriage of some items. As a general
rule you should carry any medication in your hand luggage
but all other items should be packed and placed in the aircraft
telephone system is different than that of most other countries,
if you don't know what to look for, you can spend a lot of
money on telephone fees. If necessary to make a call from
a public phone box use a credit card as opposed to coins,
if this isn't possible use a call box owned by a major service
provider like Southern/Pacific Bell or Bell Atlantic as many
phones operated by private concessionaries charge exorbitant
Telephone cards are also available in the US they are sold
in many gas stations, drug stores at at newstands and come
in denominations of $5, $10 or $20.