The weird & wonderful things you can take on a plane
Did you know you can take a falcon on an Etihad Airways flight? It’s true. Different countries have different norms, values, customs, cultures and laws, so of course it’s no surprise airlines around the world have a different take on what is – and what is not – acceptable luggage to take on a plane. Here’s a list of a few of the odd things you can take as carry-on – or check-in – on flights around the world.
Yep, falcon - as in the bird of prey. As Abu Dhabi’s national animal, these guys are accepted in Etihad Airway’s main aircraft cabin (or as checked baggage) “provided all the necessary documents have been obtained”. Whatever they may be.
Knitting needles and ice skates
While you’re not allowed to take knives and other weapons on board a flight in the United States (firearms and ammunition must be checked in), knitting needles, ice skates, whips and chains are all perfectly acceptable, according to the country’s Transportation Security Administration.
Squirrels and ferrets
In addition to cats and dogs, Japan Airlines says you can also check-in small birds (that eat seeds, fruit and insects), rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, marmots, squirrels and chinchillas (like a robust squirrel rodent). But they don’t accept French bulldogs or cats or dogs under eight weeks.
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Only plastic knives and forks with square or round tines/handles are allowed on flights in Australia according to the government. However, scissors are allowed as carry-on provided blades don’t exceed six centimetres and are blunt or round at the end (btw - this is still at the discretion of airport security).
Returning to Australia from the Pacific Islands? Apparently you can check-in up to two kilograms of kava in either root or dried powder form without a permit. While we recommend declaring your kava, don’t open it up and stink out the area.
Finnair will allow you to check-in Christmas crackers on flights out of the UK provided the crackers are commercially made, in the original packaging and for personal use only. Plus, you’re only allowed two boxes; so no being greedy with your Christmas cheer!
Fiji Airways allows you to take your wedding dress or gown on board with you at no extra cost. Not sure about tuxes.
Nunchuks, batons and stun guns
Are you a ninja, UK police officer or like to carry a stun gun? If you're flying with China Airlines, you can bring nunchucks, batons and stun guns with you on your flight, provided they are in your checked-in baggage. We’re sure some of these items are allowed on planes in other places, but unlikely that's the case for falcons … Know any of any other odd items you can take on flights? Share them with us.
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