Hazardous materials forbidden on airplanes

Sometimes, when moving house, you will not need to go to your new destination by car. Maybe this is because you don’t have a car, or you’re are moving across the ocean – so driving there is not an option. In these cases, flying to your new home might be the best option. However, if you have ever flown on a plane before, you know that there will be many restrictions there to meet you. Simply, you cannot just stuff anything you want into your bag and carry it into a new country. There are rules and guidelines you need to follow – both to prevent package theft as well as to ensure the safety of everyone on board. Some of those items might even contain hazardous materials that you don’t know about. In this article, we discuss what you cannot take in your carry on bag.

Are liquids hazardous materials?

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One of the most famous items you cannot take with you on a plane are liquid bottles with more than 100ml of the liquid. This often confuses people and makes them wonder why there is such a restriction. However, the liquids rule has become a pretty general thing for most of the airlines (although some might differ from the others) and it’s there for the passengers’ safety.

The rule of the thumb here says that you don’t get a container bigger than 3.4 ounces (100ml). You also need to get a clear, one-quart zip log bag to put these in. Otherwise, you will have to empty them or toss them away. Luckily, a lot of companies nowadays will offer travel-size shampoos, shower gels, toothpaste, and similar items.

When it comes to medication, however, there are special rules you need to follow. These, unfortunately, vary from country to country. You will need to check with local authorities. Usually, you will need to let the security people know that you have liquid medicine traveling with you. Keep in mind that some might even ask for a doctor’s prescription or proof of some kind. However, this, again, varies – so make sure you check before your trip and prepare anything necessary.

Don’t bring flammable items on the plane

A lighter has hazardous materials inside.
Empty your lighter before packing it.

A thing that might be pretty obvious, yet we still need to talk about, are the flammable items. These are considered hazardous materials, and you should avoid bringing them on the plane. However, since a lot of professional relocation companies in Saudi Arabia will also refuse to transport them, it might be the best for you to either use everything up before the move or just toss it out so you don’t get in any trouble.

So, what are these items? Well, those are the ones with little fire sign on their back. Things like fireworks are an obvious guess, but bleach and paint thinners also fall into this category. If you are going camping, you should take note of this, because a lot of camping gear has some flammable substances as well!

When it comes to smoking, there are certain rules. Again, these may vary from a company to company, so you should check them before flying. However, usually, companies will let you get one lighter on a plane in your carry-on bag. If you insist on taking one, your best bet would be to empty it of fuel first – this is one of those hazardous materials. When it comes to e-cigarettes or vapes, TSA says that you need to put them in your carry-on – these cannot go in your checked luggage. However, the liquid you use for these needs to be within the liquid requirements.

How fruits are hazardous materials

Here’s another thing that confuses a lot of people, but it might be a smart idea to leave fruits, veggies, and meats out of your luggage. These aren’t exactly hazardous materials, but there are many laws regarding them. Just within the United States, for example, there are laws prohibiting you from bringing these items across state borders!

An apple on books.
Snack while flying.

This is because there are countries (and states) that rely heavily on agriculture. You bringing a crop with you can carry potential risks because that item can have bacteria or organisms that can easily destroy a huge amount of their plant population. So, in order not to have these confiscated when entering a country, make sure you eat them while in the air.

It’s still a smart idea to talk with logistics services in Saudi Arabia about stuff like this. There are some countries (Australia and New Zealand, for example), who will not even let you bring wooden souvenirs within the borders because there are also hazardous materials for them. Better safe than sorry, so read up on these before the move!

Guns and similar items

Finally, we need to take a quick glance at guns and similar items. This is because there are people who want to move or travel with their gun, and are not sure about the airline regulations. The rules are simple – you cannot bring a weapon in your carry-on bag, so you can’t pack guns there. However, you can pack an empty gun in your checked bag. The rule, though, is that the bag needs to have hard sides and a lock.

Just like with other hazardous materials, you should check with your airline about these regulations as well. There might be some restrictions or variations to this rule, and some airlines might charge extra fees for carrying guns on the plane. Other items might be completely forbidden, like gun powder, for example. Of course, it goes without mentioning that you need to research the gun laws in the state or country you are visiting or moving to. It’s a smart idea to talk to your Saudi Arabia relocation service provider about these, just to be sure.

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