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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What sharp objects are you allowed to pack in a suitcase when you fly abroad?


    When you are flying abroad, you may need to know what sharp objects you can pack in a suitcase. We have created a list of items that can be packed in a suitcase here.

    Sharp objects you can pack in a suitcase when you fly abroad

    Sharp objects you can pack in a suitcase when flying abroad include, for example:

    • Box cutters
    • Chopping tools like axes, cleavers or hatchets
    • Ice axes or picks
    • Knives with blades exceeding six centimetres in length
    • Martial arts equipment featuring sharp points or edges
    • Razor blades
    • Scissors with blades exceeding six centimetres in length (measured from their fulcrum)
    • Sabres and swords

    You can find detailed information on other items you can pack in a suitcase, things you can carry in your hand luggage and items you are prohibited from taking at www.britishairways.com.

    Preventing injuries

    Naturally, it is essential to pack such items safely to prevent injuring yourself or others (i.e. airport staff checking your luggage). Ideally, sharp or pointed objects should be prevented from causing personal injuries by carrying them in suitable sheaths or cases. Whenever this is not possible, such items should be:

    • Wrapped in bubble wrap, packing paper and/or tea towels
    • Bundled together and secured tightly
    • Clearly labelled as sharp or pointed objects

    It also helps to make airport staff aware of their presence by declaring them when checking your luggage in.

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    Other risks

    You can help to prevent other injuries at airports by:

    • Minding your step to prevent slips, trips and falls
    • Reporting slip or trip hazards to relevant authorities immediately
    • Keeping the weight of your luggage down to prevent manual handling injuries
    • Lifting luggage with care and according to proper manual handling procedures

    Airport incidents

    If you sustain an injury at an airport through no fault on your part, you could be entitled to make an airport accident claim. You can get helpful airport injury advice and request assignment of an experienced Accident Advice Helpline solicitor to your case by calling our freephone helpline and discussing your case with one of our friendly advisors.

    Helpline numbers

    To get in touch with us via our 24/7 helpline, call 0800 689 0500 from any landline within the UK or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone. Both lines are obligation-free and any information you provide will be kept confidential. If you decide to go ahead with a claim through us, your case will be processed under a conditional fee agreement (100% no-win, no-fee).

    Date Published: May 2, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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