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Here’s What Not To Pack In Your Carry-On Luggage or checked baggage To Avoid Drama At The Airport This Summer

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There are certain items you might want to keep in your carry-on luggage, while others will need to be in your checked baggage. Some, you better not bring at all.

What is not allowed on a plane in your carry-on in Canada?

  • Animal repellant (leave the bear spray in your checked bag)
  • Some sports equipment, including ski poles, baseball bats, cricket bats, golf clubs, billiard cues and hockey sticks
  • Liquids, aerosols or gels that are in a container larger than 100 millilitres or 100 grams and can’t fit in a 1-litre plastic bag (leave your soup behind, folks)
  • Items that look like weapons — again, this might sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised by the amount of everyday items like perfumes, belt buckles and pens that look like guns or grenades
  • Powder or granular substances of 350 millilitres or more. Bringing some baby powder or sea salt? Put it in your checked baggage.

What items are prohibited in checked luggage?

In Canada, items that aren’t allowed on all flights include anything that’s illegal under the Criminal Code, explosive substances and devices that can ignite.

Some airlines, however, have their own regulations for what isn’t allowed in checked luggage on board, so it’s important to make sure you understand the rules before travelling.

For instance, Air Transat outlines several items that it says will not be accepted in checked baggage. Air Canada also advises travellers to always place items such as laptops, medication and jewelry in their carry-on bag.