Flying to Mexico today is far different than it was even a few years ago – and keeps changing all the time. Primarily because of security concerns – there are several “can” and “can’t” guidelines that you should review before packing for your next flight and heading for the airport.
Keep in mind that the guidelines we will present vary form country to country and even airline to airline, but we will review the most common rules for what you can carry on, what you can pack inside checked baggage, and what is considered as baggage and what is not.
Below are two lists. Consider these partial lists of items in these categories. Best to check again before traveling (things can change). First is a list of articles not allowed without special permissions that must be obtained well in advance of traveling . . .
Forbidden items Traffic flares Explosives and hand grenades Percussion caps / detonators Fireworks and all forms of gunpowder as well as incendiary devices Detonator power sources Timer switches Alcoholic drinks with no manufacturer’s brand, with or without label Acids and corrosives Wet batteries Butane and propane gas Carbon dioxide cartridges Gasoline and other flammable liquids Extinguishers Insecticides and kerosene Lighter fluid Matches Disposable or refillable lighters Radioactive materials Insulated packing that contains refrigerated liquid nitrogen Chlorine, poisons and bleaches Spray paint and enamel Solvents Lamps that produce excessive heat: for skin diving, artistic lighting or lighting for cameras, TV, etc. Electric paralyzers and defensive sprays (tear gas, pepper spray, etc.) Mercury barometers or industrial thermometers Wheelchairs with liquid battery motors
Below is a list of items allowed in checked baggage only – not in your carry ons . . .
Checked Baggage Only Bows and arrows Martial arts weapons (for throwing or not) Harpoons and other underwater weapons Articles concealing sharp objects Nail clippers with metal nail file Knives, penknives, narrow razors, stilettos, daggers, letter openers, replacement razor blades, swords, sabers, foils, machetes and similar items, axes, cutters, scalpels (of any length) Toys in the form of weapons or replica weapons Metal nail files Cutthroat razors Mountain climbing spikes, ice picks, punches Pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, flare guns (discharges). guns, pellet guns, air rifles and pistols, cartridges Corkscrews Scissors Oxygen tanks (with pressure higher lower than 40 PSI) Alcohol in liquid, solid or gel form (maximum 250 ml per passenger) Enamel paint (maximum 1L p/passenger) Vinyl paint (maximum 5L p/passenger) Truncheons, flexible handle lead batons, catcher’s mitts and similar Leather whips Electric cattle prods Welding gun torches Portable electric drills and saws Items for heat welding Wheelchairs powered by solid battery motors Baseball bats, pool cues, golf clubs, hockey sticks, cricket bats and skis
And finally a few baggage tips. The items below can be carried onto the plane and, unless of an abnormal size, will not be considered as part of your allowed number of carry-on items . . .
Electronics. Perishable products. Jewelry, money and art. Fragile items. Medicines. Official documents.
The above are the general guidelines for most airlines and airports. If you have specific concerns, let us know and we’ll either find the answer for you, or connect you to the source that can clarify your concerns, and answer your questions.
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