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Published on Friday, December 14, 2018

Manchester Airport issues Christmas travel warning

Manchester Airport is warning passengers travelling over the Christmas period to check what's in their hand luggage to avoid presents being confiscated at security.

The airports says security officials confiscated more items at Christmas than at any other time of year because passengers unwittingly try to take prohibited items in to the cabin.

Many popular stocking fillers - such as snow globes - breach security regulations, typically because they contain liquids, and passengers may be asked to leave items behind if they are not compliant, it said.

In particular, it said passengers should check with their airline to see if they can carry Christmas crackers onboard, and also to check if they could carry things like condiments and perfume.

Customer services and security director Fiona Wright added: "As we edge closer to Christmas and New Year we want to ensure each and every one of our passengers has the best experience and start to their trip, while ensuring their safety and security.

"Our colleagues are committed to ensuring passengers get away seamlessly, which is why we are issuing this advice today to make as many passengers' journeys as easy as possible whether they are jetting off to Benidorm, Beijing or Barbados."

"When it comes to what you can and can't pack in your hand luggage, the rules are exactly the same at Christmas as they are for the rest of the year.

"However, at this festive time of year passengers often travel with gifts of more unusual items, which unwittingly do not comply with the rules. If in doubt, check with your airline first and put it in your suitcase for the hold, rather than your hand luggage."

Manchester Airport is expecting a 7% year-on-year increase in passengers this Christmas, with Friday December 21 forecast to be the busiest day of the holiday period when 79,300 are due to pass through its three terminals. To avoid queues building up, passengers are also being asked to remove outdoor garments, such as coats, hats and gloves, before they arrive at security.

The airport's calculations show that on average, an unprepared passenger who has to unzip zips, undo buttons, take off hats, gloves and untie a scarf at the metal detector, rather than in the queue, add over a minute per person to the security processing time. This doesn't sound much but multiply it by thousands of passengers and it soon adds up.

Passengers are also being asked to arrive at least two to three hours before their flight departure time, and to put all liquids, gels and pastes in a clear plastic bag.

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