WHAT?! You can’t take Christmas crackers on flights!

Christmas crackers

by Emma Dodds |
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Certain airlines will NOT allow Christmas crackers onto their flights and are listing them on their prohibited items lists.

If you're thinking of packing some Christmas crackers to take away with you on holiday over the festive season, you may need to think again.

Some airlines are listing the seasonal surprises on their prohibited items list along with sharp objects and tools, meaning that you won't be allowed to take any Christmas crackers with you if you're having Christmas abroad this year.

Not only that, but the humble party popper might be refused entry to the plane.

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Airlines such as Ryanair, Etihad and Emirates have all banned crackers, and others who allow them will only do so if they're sealed in the original packaging.

But WHY can't we take them?

A spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration said: "They are flammable and should not be brought on airplanes."

Hmm. Fair enough.

However, passengers are allowed to bring crackers with them on flights with easyJet, along with Aer Lingus and BMI Regional.

But it's not just airlines that are cracking down (...sorry) - Gatwick, Heathrow and Birmingham will allow one unopened box of crackers to be placed in hand luggage – as long as they are permitted by the passenger’s airline.

In contrast to this, Manchester, Stansted, Liverpool, East Midlands and London City airports will only allow them in a passenger's checked luggage.

Another thing to consider is the contents of the crackers - as winners could be presented with scissors and screwdriver sets, which are understandably prohibited in hand luggage.

Airlines who have banned Christmas crackers on their flights


Airlines who have banned Christmas crackers on their flights (stacked)

Air France1 of 18

Air France

Air India2 of 18

Air India

Air New Zealand3 of 18

Air New Zealand

American Airlines4 of 18

American Airlines

Cathay Pacific5 of 18

Cathay Pacific

Delta Airlines6 of 18

Delta Airlines

Emirates Airlines7 of 18

Emirates Airlines

Etihad Airways8 of 18

Etihad Airways

Iceland Air9 of 18

Iceland Air

KLM Airlines10 of 18

KLM Airlines

Norwegian Airlines11 of 18

Norwegian Airlines

Ryanair12 of 18


SAS Scandinavian Airlines13 of 18

SAS Scandinavian Airlines

Singapore Airlines14 of 18

Singapore Airlines

South African Airways15 of 18

South African Airways

United Airlines16 of 18

United Airlines

WestJet17 of 18


Wow Air18 of 18

Wow Air

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