I have heard and personally experienced sad tales of travellers who had to drop raw foods or cooked at the airport majorly because they are unaware that the food material is prohibited on a plane or by the receiving country.
For some others, a traveller can be fined. So it is important to know what is allowed and what is frowned at.
Things to know about Luggages and Carry-ons
3-1-1 Liquid/Gel Rule
I wonder if you have heard about the liquid/gel rule. This rule was implemented to as a counteractive measure against terrorist activities and generally to tighten up security. Although, not all country uses the rule while other countries uses the rule for only international flights
What is the 3-1-1 Rule?
Airport Security Administration ) controls security and rules regarding what goes in and out of an airplane which also means goes in or out of a country. The 3-1-1 rule is part of their jurisdiction and it basically means that any liquid or gel above 3.4 ounce (100ml) should not be carried in your carry-on luggage.
Canned foods also are allowed on airplanes as carry on or in Luggages, However, the TSA will determine if the canned food is not a biological threat to the receiving country.
It has also been discovered that many people hides illegal substances in and around canned foods; so be ready for a very rigorous inspection of your canned foods (one or two might even be opened)
Lastly, make sure it is not more than 3.4 ounce so as not to be removed and confiscated.
Carry on Luggage Size
This depends on the airline and your airline should be contacted. However, the common sizes allowed for most airline is 40pounds on 18.14Kg.
Raw foods are allowed in Luggages but they go through rigorous screening. For example, a case of rejection of the African Giant snail occured because snails are classified to be highly invasive and also has pathogens that can cause meningitis in humans.
Dried beef, fishes in most airlines are prohibited and would be removed and confiscated. The raw food like rice would only be allowed after a thorough check has been done to ascertain that they do not contain beetles or invasive insects.
List of some banned items other than food
- Flammable or explosive
- Chlorine bleach
- Paint thinner
- Lighters or Matches
- Pepper Spray and anything considered to be hazardous or dangerous to airplanes or can be used to make explosives.