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Old 30-05-2007, 12:54 PM
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Default Food in hand luggage?

Someone has told me that they had food items taken away which they had in their hand luggage, apparently for "security reasons". I thought that it was liquids which were restriced, and that food was ok - we are talking about a sandwich, crisps and a chocolate bar. We are going to Spain shortly and planned to take our own "picnic" for the flight rather than suffer the in-flight meal - are we OK to do this or will it be confiscated?
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Old 30-05-2007, 1:00 PM
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Unless it's one of the products banned for health reasons (e.g. avian flu) then generally no, they shouldn't take it from you but check with the airline to be on the safe side, and maybe with Spanish Customs rules. Consuming your own alcohol on flights is a no-go, however.

See here for liquids rules:
http://www.dft.gov.uk/transportforyo...irportsecurity

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Old 30-05-2007, 1:42 PM
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yesterday on Jet2 no problems,
2 weeks ago on ryan air no problems and
3 weeks ago on thompson no prolems with food

They were flown from Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester if that makes any difference (ane two did contain chicken though no for me!)

Should really have no problems... though you always get one person who is in a bad mood!
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Old 30-05-2007, 2:10 PM
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Among the liquid and semi-liquid things that are not allowed, ‘soft cheese’ is on the list.

I have no idea, if they lift up the top slice on a sarnie to check, whether or not the camembert is too runny.
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Many thanks, that's put my mind at rest.
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Old 30-05-2007, 2:49 PM
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We flew from Liverppol a month ago and took food but there was a sign up at security banning food ( which we ignored)
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Old 30-05-2007, 3:45 PM
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Flew with Ryanair two weeks ago from Liverpool to Alicante. No problems taking food onto plane. Loads of people did it. Enjoy your hols
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Old 30-05-2007, 5:28 PM
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there was a sign up at security banning food ( which we ignored)
Do you drink and drive too? Or take things from shops without paying for them?

Airport security firms have no financial relationship with airport shops or the airlines, so they're not stopping you bringing your own food just to make you purchase theirs.

The Government (the Department for Transport to be precise) decides what you can and can't take through airport security - the least you could do is abide by the rules, whether you agree with them or not. Is it any wonder the queues are so long with the staff having to waste time checking/removing/rechecking items that shouldn't be taken through in the first place?!
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Old 30-05-2007, 8:32 PM
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Do you drink and drive too? Or take things from shops without paying for them?


The Government (the Department for Transport to be precise) decides what you can and can't take through airport security - the least you could do is abide by the rules, whether you agree with them or not.
What a sanctimonious response !

The Government has done many things, but they haven't banned you from taking food onto an aeroplane. Unless it contravenes the "liquids" rules.

It's bit rich to accuse someone who seems to know the law better than you - of drink driving and shop lifting !!!!
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Old 30-05-2007, 9:44 PM
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Thank you moonrakerz nothing much to add really other than like the OP we were unsure if food was allowed on or not so made enquiries that suggested that food was allowed as long as it was in solid form.
Having made said sandwiches and arrived at security we see a sign saying that "no food was to be taken past this point". As we had now two sets of conflicting information we chose to ignore the sign as we thought a government website was more likely to be accurate than an old A4 word doc stuck up at Liverpool airport.

In response to your question I am not a thief nor a drink driver . In future to save yourself from further embaresment perhaps you should ask for further information before adding 2 and 2 and getting 5 .
If you do have a point to prove on a forum simply stating your reasons would suffice, this way we can have a debate and help the OP. Implying I am a criminal is really not neccesary and serves no purpose.
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Old 30-05-2007, 11:03 PM
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Actually I'm pretty sure that the security staff are employed by the airport, not the government. So if they've decided to have a "no food past security" rule chances are it has nothing to do with safety, and everything to do with increasing retailers' and airlines' profits.
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Old 31-05-2007, 1:54 AM
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The no food beyond this point means that you cant keep on munching a burger and drinking coke/Tea/ coffee etc while passing through security.

All sealed food is okay as long it is kept in your hand luggage and is not liquid in nature. I travel a lot and have checked this with several airports in the UK in the last few months.

See this thread

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/....html?t=397309
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Actually I'm pretty sure that the security staff are employed by the airport, not the government. So if they've decided to have a "no food past security" rule chances are it has nothing to do with safety, and everything to do with increasing retailers' and airlines' profits.
More likely to be that strange British habit of going completely over the top on every thing.

No liquids = no drinks:- therefore no food , no nothing ! Mr Jobsworth takes over...................

I would agree with the comment about who actually employs the security staff - the airport operator.
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