Can I take Christmas crackers and party poppers on a plane with easyJet, Ryanair, Virgin and all airlines for Xmas 2021

Christmas 2021 is coming and some of us may be packing suitcases for festive flights now the Covid-19 travel restrictions have eased, for now   but does your airline allow you to take Christmas crackers and party poppers for New Year's Eve in cabin bags or checked luggage for the plane? Use our guide to find out if airlines including easyJet, Ryanair, BA and Virgin allow you to pack festive crackers  and what their rules are. 

Christmas crackers rules on planes from British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair, Virgin and other airlines in 2021

Security issues have resulted in many airlines banning the festive faves from the cabin bags and in many cases, the entire flight. Here's a quick guide to flying with Christmas crackers…

Airline

Where to pack crackers

Details

British Airways

Hold luggage but not US flights

2 boxes sealed in original packing

Eastern Airways

Hold luggage

1 box sealed in original packing

easyJet

Hold and cabin luggage

2 boxes sealed in original packing

Flybe

Hold luggage (Banned on Stobart Air)

1 box of 12 sealed in original packing

Flybmi

Ceased trading

Ceased trading

Qantas

Hold luggage

2 boxes sealed in original packing

Qatar

Hold luggage but not US flights

2 boxes sealed in original packing

South African Airlines

Hold luggage

1 box of 12 sealed in original packing

Thomas Cook

Ceased trading

Ceased trading

TUI

Hold luggage

Sealed in original packing

Virgin Atlantic

Hold luggage

1 box sealed in original packing

Crackers are not permitted on the following airlines

Aer Lingus Air France
Air India Air New Zealand
American Airlines Cathay Pacific
Delta Emirates
Etihad Iceland Air
KLM Norwegian
Ryanair SAS
Singapore Airlines United Airlines
WestJet Wow
 

If you're heading abroad for the holiday season with the likes of Ryanair or Norwegian Airlines, you're likely to find yourself a victim of the cracker snatchers when you arrive at check in.

And, even if your airline does accept crackers in the cabin, travellers with high-end versions of the Xmas treat could find them confiscated due to the gifts inside. Many contain sharp objects, such as scissors and screwdrivers, that are banned from flights.

It's not just Christmas crackers on the no-fly list, either. Many other essential festive accessories are also banned from many flights. Party poppers, sparklers and homemade crackers are among the items banned from all flights.

Chestnuts won't be welcome aboard, so don't let this festive essential leave you 'stuffed' at the check-in desk.

Flying to the US with crackers is likely to get them pulled from your luggage, with a spokesman for the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) saying: "These items are prohibited from flying in checked or carry-on bags.

"They are flammable and should not be brought on airplanes. They fall in the same category as sparklers and fireworks."

Remember to mention that you have packed Christmas crackers when you reach the check-in desk. Failure to do so could result in bags not being loaded.

Information correct at time of writing. Please check with your airline before packing Christmas crackers

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