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Pack sensibly for a smooth journey

Pack sensibly for a smooth journey

Saturday 22 December 2018

Pack sensibly for a smooth journey

With Guernsey and Alderney airports expected to be extra busy over the next few days, passengers are reminded to "pack for a smooth journey."

The managers of both airports said that "knowing what can and cannot be taken in hand or hold baggage will save you time, and inconvenience, and make your journey more enjoyable."

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Pictured: Don't wrap any gifts that you plan to take on board as hand luggage, as you'll have to unwrap them. 

Among the banned items are wrapped Christmas presents, which cannot be kept in your hand luggage and must go into any hold bags or be carried through unwrapped so they can be checked over.

The airports managers said presents "are not exempt from the current aviation security measures. Wrapped presents will be searched and may possibly have to be opened by Airport security staff. We advise passengers who are travelling with gifts in hand luggage to leave them un-wrapped for the duration of their journey. Any wrapped presents could however be checked-in as hold baggage only."

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Pictured: The usual rules for taking liquids on board an aircraft apply even if they're presents. 

If you're carrying a liquid gift, such as perfume or alcohol, or even any pastes, gels, creams or liquid based condiments, you can only carry them through as hand luggage if they are less than 100ml and they will have to be opened up to be checked.

If they're bigger than 100ml or you don't want them opened they can be put in your suitcase and checked-in as hold luggage.

While Christmas is the party season, passengers are reminded that party poppers, sparklers and similar items are all completely banned. They cannot be taken in as hand luggage or hold luggage as they are not permitted on the aircraft.

However, the airlines serving the Bailiwick, including Aurigny, Blue Islands and Flybe, do all allow Christmas crackers to be carried in checked-in luggage. There are restrictions though with just one sealed box of 12 crackers per passenger and the crackers have to be in their original retail packaging unopened.

Homemade crackers are not permitted.

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Pictured: Party poppers and crackers have their own rules on board aeroplanes.

For passengers able to use them, Aurigny’s Twilight check in desks are open at Guernsey Airport between 18:30 and 20:00 every night. Passengers who have reservations for the following day’s 06:50 Manchester and 07:00 London Gatwick departures need to bring their ID and hold luggage to check them in.

If more than one adult is travelling on the booking, they will also need to be present with their ID and baggage. Any under 16s that are travelling in their party do not need to be present.

Passengers who require assistance into and out of Guernsey and Alderney Airports should book any help needed with their journey through their airline, with a minimum of 48hours’ notice before they are due to travel. Anyone who requires a sunflower lanyard for those who would like extra assistance should ask for one at the Guernsey Airport information desk.

Pictured top: Guernsey Airport is hoping for a smooth Christmas period.  

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