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What item you should avoid packing in your suitcase as it could get mistaken for explosives

What item you should avoid packing in your suitcase as it could get mistaken for explosives

You may be best leaving your little sweet treats at home.

Vacationers have been issued a stark warning regarding what items they should avoid packing into their luggage this summer.

As temperatures begin to rise across many parts of the country, you may be thinking about that lazy pool staycation or last-minute trip abroad you've just said yes to.

Of course, there’s so much that goes into vacation planning; flight booking, scoping out a pet sitter and picking up your essentials from your local store.

But as you pack your suitcase ready for the plane journey, you may want to think about how to make your trip as seamless as possible.

That means tagging your bag in case it gets lost and packing your electrical items correctly to avoid being pulled aside by security at all costs.

Ahead of your travels, two airport experts have delivered more top tips for smooth flying.

One ex-flight attendant, known as @bestcrispair took to Reddit and stated that tourists should take photographs of all their valuables ahead of their flight.

“Take photos of valuables, such as electronics and similar even if you are carrying the bag onto the plane.

“Also take pictures of the suitcase. Note the brand, too. You'll need that info if your bag is lost.”

In the event of your baggage going AWOL, they also advised that you label it with up-to-date contact information.

Peter Dazeley / Getty
Peter Dazeley / Getty

“Put your contact information into every single bag you are checking, in every exterior pocket as well as interior.

"Bags can get torn to bits in the machines that move the bags, the conveyor belts can tip them to the ground, and more. Better they have a way to contact you.”

Elsewhere, John, a baggage handler at Dublin Airport, talked to RSVP Live and said that tying ribbons around your suitcases is a recipe for disaster.

“Ribbons that people tie onto their suitcases to help identify them can cause issues with the bag being scanned in the baggage hall,” he explained.

“If the bag can't be scanned automatically, it can end up in manual processing, which could mean your bag doesn't make it to the flight.”


Meanwhile, John also revealed the food item that will have you whisked away for causing a security risk - marzipan.

"[Marzipan] has the same density as some explosives so your bag will be removed and you’ll be called from the plane for a bag search,” he admitted.

So, if you’re partial to snacking on a bit of the ready-to-roll treat or like to nibble on chocolate containing marzipan - you might want to grab it straight from the airport to avoid any delays.

Featured Image Credit: Jupiterimages / Peter Dazeley / Getty