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Banned Onboard Airplane Hand Luggage

Published in Essentials

We reveal 10 things you'd be surprised you can't take on the plane in your hand luggage.
I’m sure you know about the liquid ban on hand luggage, but after security staff at Derry airport stopped students from flying with a Green Lantern Mask in his carry-on bag. The UK has strict security measures in place to stop ‘dangerous’ items from being taken on a flight. Some are obvious, but it may surprise you that unsuspecting items such as fishing rods are deemed dangerous. We reveal the strange items that are not allowed in your hand luggage.

1. Cigarette lighters (Multiple)
Oddly, considering the official line, ‘you can't take any objects in your hand baggage that could cause injury to yourself and other passengers,’ you can take a lighter on the plane, but no more than one. Confusingly, 'you must keep the lighter on your person throughout the flight. It is very important that you do not return it to your hand baggage after screening.'

2. Tent pegs
Flying to a Glastonbury festival? Camping? Don’t carry your tent pegs in your hand luggage, as they’ll get confiscated. Which will leave you a bit stuck. You’ll either have to sleep under the stars or pay that terrible Checked luggage fee.
3. Soup
The rules are the rules. While you might argue that a one-person portion of chicken and mushroom bears less threat to the safety of your fellow passengers than a lighter, liquid is liquid. Well, 101ml or more of liquid. The same goes for mascara, clotted cream and of course, water.

4. 10 litres of Curious by Britney Spears
You may think that you can get around the liquids rule by decanting big bottles into lots of little containers, but NO: ‘containers must be carried in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm’.

5. Medicine
While we’re on the subject of liquids, if you need to to keep a big bottle of ‘essential’ medicine on you, unfortunately you are out of luck. You can’t take more than 100ml of the stuff. Actually, you can, as long as you notify the airport in advance. Not sure that they’ll accept a bottle of Grey Goose vodka as essential medicine, but it’s worth a try.

6. Badminton racquets
The authorities take a dim view of sporting equipment. We understand Cricket bats and Crossbows but we can’t imagine a Badminton Racquet causing much injury. But the rules are rules.

7. Drills
If you are a jet-setting joiner or plumber, check-in bag fees will eat into your income, for you are not permitted to carry on essential tool bag items such as screwdrivers, spanners, pliers, saws, drills or drill bits on the plane.


8. Fishing rods
Why you’d want to take a harpoon away with you is your business, but if you’re off on a whaling holiday, it’ll have to go in the hold. The same goes for fishing rods, presumably so you’re not tempted to get your own back on that annoying child in seat 11A by hooking them with a sweetie worm.

9. Peroxide
From tear gas to infected blood and fire extinguishers, ‘Chemicals and Toxic Substances’ are a complete NO. This includes peroxide. So if you’re off to Malia with the lads and you’re all planning to amusingly bleach your hair, do it before you leave.

10. Flares
No, not the jeans your parents still have floating in there cupboard, though if it was up to us those would be banned too! No, signal flares "IN ANY FORM" are banned, just in case you were unsure.


Reference - https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions/sports-equipment

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ESTA USA Visa

Published in Travel Tips & Tricks

United States of America Visa Waiver Program

Visa Waiver Program (VMP) enables most citizens or nationals of the participating countries below to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without having to obtain a visa. So if your wanting to travel under 90 days and are a national of the participating countries you must have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) prior to travel.

United Kingdom** France Ireland
 Germany  Netherlands  Taiwan* 
Andorra Hungary Norway
Australia Iceland Portugal
Austria Monaco San Marino
Belgium Italy Singapore
Brunei Japan Slovakia
Chile Latvia Slovenia
Czech Republic Liechtenstein South Korea
Denmark Lithuania Spain
Estonia Luxembourg Sweden
Finland  Malta  Switzerland
Greece  New Zealand  

**To be eligible to travel under the VWP, British citizens must have the unrestricted right of permanent abode in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.

Apply online direct from US Department of Homeland Security at a fee of $14 if you are accepted and $4 if you are denied. https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta

Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015
Under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, travellers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):

-Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country)
-Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.These individuals will still be able to apply for a visa using the regular appointment process at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
For those who require a U.S. visa for urgent business, medical, or humanitarian travel to the United States, U.S. Embassies and Consulates stand ready to handle applications on an expedited basis.

In addition, as of April 1, 2016, you must have an e-passport to use the VWP. An e-Passport is an enhanced secure passport with an embedded electronic chip. The chip can be scanned to match the identity of the traveler to the passport. You can readily identify an e-Passport, because it has a unique international symbol on the cover – see photo.


 

 

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USA Six Months Passport Validity Rule For Visitors

Published in Travel Tips & Tricks

USA Six Months Passport Validity Rule for Visitors

Visitors travelling to the United States are required to be in possession of passports that are valid for six months beyond the period of their intended stay in the United States. Citizens of the countries listed below are exempt the six-month rule and need only have a passport valid for their intended period of stay.
In any case, your passport must be valid for your entry into the U.S. If your passport expires during your stay in the U.S., you need to get it renewed or get a new one from the embassy or consulate of your country in the U.S. If you are on a short visit to the U.S. (such as on a tourist visa, business visa etc.), it would be best to get your passport renewed before arrival into the U.S., otherwise, you will be admitted into the U.S. until the expiration date of the passport.
Algeria
Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Austria
The Bahamas
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cote d'Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guyana
Hong Kong (Certificates of Identity and Passports)
Hungary
Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Korea
Kuwait
Laos

Latvia
Lebanon
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Macau
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua (for all passports)
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
San Marino
Senegal
Serbia and Montenegro
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and The Grenadines
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Tuvalu
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vatican (Holy See)
Venezuela
Zimbabwe

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