Packing for your Christmas flight is the same as any other trip, but you may be looking to carry a few extra items. Here are some things to watch out for.

  • Don't wrap presents that you're carrying in your hand luggage - security officers may need to see them.
  • Party poppers cannot be carried in either your hand or hold luggage.
  • Christmas crackers must go in your hold luggage. They have to be in their original, unopened, packaging and you must advise the check-in staff that you are carrying them.
  • Gift sets usually contain liquids of over 100ml, so pack them in your hold luggage or buy them at the airport.
  • If you want to take full advantage of the airport Christmas sales, then don't forget you can buy on your way out and collect your items on the way back.
  • Snow globes don't usually state the liquid content and will therefore unless you're sure that they're under 100ml, please pack them into your hold luggage.
  • Some children's toys replicate prohibited items and these must be placed in your hold luggage. Please note even if the item is wrapped it will not be permitted to travel in the aircraft cabin.
  • Condiments and other Christmas goodies may come under the liquid rules: any liquid, gel, cream or paste over 100ml must go in your hold luggage. This include jars such as cranberry sauce, pickles, jam, marmalade and other jellies, tubs of clotted cream, custard and brandy sauce.
  • The good news is you can take your frozen turkey and mincemeat for your minced pies!

Check our security page for further details.