Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Christmas crackers

Can I take this item on a plane?

  • Christmas crackers can go as carry-on and checked-in luggage
  • Cracker snaps that are used to make home-made crackers, when not contained within a whole cracker, are not permitted to be carried in your carry-on or checked-in luggage.

What are the restrictions?

  • Christmas crackers – there are no limits on the permitted quantities.
  • Cracker snaps – are prohibited and must be relinquished.

Why is this item restricted?

Cracker snaps contain silver fulminate i.e. creates the snap sound, a form of explosive that if taken in quantities, presents a significant risk to passengers, crew and the plane.

What happens if I have a restricted item in my carry-on bag?

You will be asked to relinquish all dangerous or prohibited items found in your carry-on luggage. If you refuse:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point, and
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

How does Aviation Security screen for restricted items?

AvSec x-ray bags going onto aircraft to ensure there is nothing dangerous in them. If something comes up on the x-ray that needs checking, the bag will be opened, searched and any dangerous good or prohibited item will be removed, with a bag search notification form left within the bag.