Things to Never Take on an Airplane

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Things to Never Take on an Airplane
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There are some things, like weapons or alcohol, that everyone knows passengers aren’t allowed to bring on an airplane. But what about items that could end up bothering other passengers? Or items that will never be used and just end up weighing down your carry-on? Here, travel experts discuss some of these things that should never be taken on an airplane.

Too Many Toys
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Too Many Toys

Parents can feel the need to bring added entertainment on planes, particularly for long flights or if they have small children. But this strategy has a downside. “As a toddler/preschooler, my daughter especially loves little tiny figurines, creatures, animals,” says Jen Leo, a writer for CNTraveler.com and co-founder of parenting site BestKidsApps.com. “But they don't stay on top of the tray table and it's a pain to hunt for them under the seat. Guess what. If you bring her a bigger doll or stuffed animal, she'll play with that, too.”

Electronics Without Earbuds
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Electronics Without Earbuds

Just because you want to listen to your favorite song on repeat or plan on using the seven-hour flight to burn through a half season of television doesn’t mean that everyone else wants to indulge in your pop culture choices. Leo admits that she’s “been guilty of this for three years. Now we bought headphones.” John DiScala, better known as travel guru Johnny Jet, goes a step more and says to make sure your earbuds are of a good enough quality to keep viewing and listening a solo experience.

Multiple Books
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Multiple Books

The days of ambitiously weighing down backpacks and purses with books and magazines that you probably will never read are over, says Johnny Jet. “I’d go on long flights and I’d bring a lot of books and magazines, but the video systems are so good that you wouldn’t end up using any of them,” he says.

Smelly Food
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Smelly Food

That tuna fish or egg salad sandwich might seem like it’ll hit the spot when you get hungry and don’t want to buy a meal from the airline, but the person sitting next to you probably doesn’t agree. Leo says to respect other passengers and leave the smelly foods at the gate.

Peanuts
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Peanuts

They may be the food most associated with air travel, but Johnny Jet points out that peanuts don’t make for good airplane snacks because “there could be someone with a peanut allergy.” The close proximity, contact with strangers and frequent turbulence could make them much more harmful than originally intended.

Nail Polish
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Nail Polish

The hours of downtime may seem like a great time to get in a manicure, but Johnny Jet says to never bring nail polish in your carry-on bag. “Just a couple weeks ago I saw a girl painting her fingernails and I pointed to the flight attendant and she just jumped on her,” he say. “It’s not only rude, it’s a hazard. It’s highly flammable.”

Nail Clippers
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Nail Clippers

Johnny Jet says he has also seen people use nail clippers on the plane. Not only does this mean that nail trimmings are flying everywhere, it also means that strangers have to listen to the horrible snapping sound of the clippers. “Never bring nail clippers on a plane because you don’t want to get tempted because you’re so bored you’ll cut your nails.”

Oversized Bags
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Oversized Bags

Checked bag fees and long lines at baggage carousels are causing more travelers to bring oversized bags on planes. Frequent travelers like Johnny Jet, who only uses a carry-on, are not amused. “The people who are bringing huge bags on are the ones who don’t want to pay the bag fee … You see people carrying kitchen sinks on the plane.” If your bag is too big for the overhead bin, check it.

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