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Avalanche Pack as Hand Luggage EDINBURGH

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Hi, anyone taken an airbag backpack through Edinburgh as hand luggage? I am travelling EasyJet who state they are happy for it to be taken as hand luggage, just wondering if airport security will freak out!
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@zikomo, You'll need to put the cylinder and trigger in hold bag, and let the airline know you intend to take it so they mark it on the system. They'll not let you take it through security I don't think, ok without the cylinder/ trigger but not complete.
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@Markymark29, Thanks. Can you let me know your experience of this? I.e. have you every tried to take it through security? Do you fly through Edinburgh?

I know that others have been able to take the whole thing as hand luggage in some airports. I am aware you can put the cylinder and trigger in a hold bag and take the rest of the backpack as hand luggage, I have done that before. Hence why my question was so specific.
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@zikomo, email the airport security direct. I did this when wanting to fly with bottle and trigger but no bag. Got it all pre-approved and an email to wave at anyone on the day, plus the name of someone on duty in the office who knew what was going on. If they then tell you no in advance then I guess it's no.
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@midgetbiker, Thanks! Will try that. Out of interest where did you fly through and were there any problems on the day?
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EasyJet have been fine in the past, but you need to be prepared for the airport baggage/security staff to not know what it is.

I have always taken mine as hand luggage, with all parts disconnected and the cylinder capped with a copy of the IATA regulations wrapped around it (in all relevant languages). In theory, it should also be fine if it is in checked luggage.

I have heard that an issue arises when the parts are carried separately, as an isolated cylinder and/or trigger can be very suspicious and difficult to explain.

My only nightmare was with Jet 2 from Manchester, when the airline claimed that I had not notified them and it was down to the pilots’ discretion. It turned out that the tour operator had not bothered to pass on my booking request (despite confirming in writing that they had).

So, if your flight is part of a package, don’t trust the holiday company to communicate for you.
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@sproggski, Thanks! Same question as above, just out of interest which airports have you managed to take it through as hand baggage and how much hassle was it?
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Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester. Only Jet 2 gave me any grief, but I did eventually get through (it saved me money in the end, as I had no time to buy food or duty-free before boarding!).
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sproggski wrote:
EasyJet have been fine in the past, but you need to be prepared for the airport baggage/security staff to not know what it is.


This.

I have travelled with a Scott Alpride avalanche backpack through Edinburgh a few times (with easyjet and BA). Printed off the IATA regulations, put them with the gas canisters and notified the airline that I intended to take an avalance airbag.

Stopped at Edinburgh security every time. Sometimes just a chat with the manager. The last time (in December) the (clueless) security manager said that I couldn't take them through security. I stood my ground and showed him the unopened, branded gas canisters along wth the highlighted AITA regulations and a copy of the email from Easyjet.

He went back to the office, came back and said that the canisters have to be connected to the valve to be passed through security (absolute nonsense - I had a real feeling that he was trying to save face with me telling him how to do his job). I went back through security without a problem after this.

I have never had a problem en-route back to Edinburgh from Chambery or Geneva.

Since they don't have many pass through EDI security I don't think that they really know how to handle it. It is a bit of a hassle emailing the airlines (who have all been great), printing off the IATA regulations and knowing that you're going to be stopped - nothing that is insurmountable though.
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@JoyZipper, Thanks for this. Seems it can be a bit of a hassle but entirely possible. Will follow your lead on what to do....
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zikomo wrote:
@midgetbiker, Thanks! Will try that. Out of interest where did you fly through and were there any problems on the day?


LBA, and no, no one even questioned me about the cylinder on the day.
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Oh and it was a Jet2 flight, so I also emailed Jet2 to pre-warn them, and carried a set of the IATA regs with the cannister.
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