With August well and truly underway, we are cranking up the gears a notch and pushing forward towards everyone’s favourite time of the year. We know it’s difficult to think of Eggnog and Candy Canes whilst it’s 26 degrees and sunny outside, however with only 140 sleeps remaining, the big day is already just around the corner. Our exciting new designs have been launched and we are already being kept very busy with our amazing customers, some of which have asked a very important question…

“What if I’m going on holiday, and want to take my Christmas Crackers with me?”

We get it – Christmas Crackers have been a British staple since Victorian times, and Christmas dinner without the accompaniment of a paper hat and cringe-worthy joke just doesn’t seem worth thinking about. In short, the answer is very simple:

It depends on where you are travelling to, and the airline that you are travelling with.

Unfortunately, if you are travelling to America, you cannot take Christmas Crackers with you on any airline, be it in your carry-on luggage or hold (checked-in) luggage as they are prohibited from being taken on board any flight. If you would like some Christmas Crackers and are either resident in the USA or are visiting for the festive period, we would be more than happy to post the crackers of your choice to you. Please note, in such instances, you are liable for shipping costs.

For all other destinations, please refer to the list below regarding specific airlines and their rules. Remember, crackers must always be transported in their original condition, including all packaging. If you remove the crackers from their packaging, or they appear to be damaged, the airline may confiscate the crackers prior to boarding or at check-in, which, in turn, may cause delays to your journey. Remember, whether you can take the crackers with you or not is at the airline’s discretion. Do ensure you remain up to date with each airlines rules and regulations if you are taking crackers abroad with you, as the information given in this article may have changed since published.

Airlines that WILL accept Christmas Crackers

 Airline Carrier                            Details  Where to Pack
 British Airways  2 x trays in sealed, original packaging  Checked luggage
 Eastern Airways  1 x tray in sealed, original packaging  Checked luggage
 EasyJet  2 x trays in sealed, original packaging  Checked and Cabin luggage
 Flybe  1 x tray of 12 in sealed, original packaging     Checked luggage
 Flybmi  1 x tray in sealed, original packaging  Checked and Cabin luggage
 Qantas  2 x trays in sealed, original packaging  Checked luggage
 Qatar  2 x trays in sealed, original packaging  Checked luggage
 South African Airlines  1 x tray of 12 in sealed, original packaging  Checked luggage
 Thomas Cook  1 x tray in sealed, original packaging  Checked luggage
 TUI  Sealed in original packaging   Checked luggage
 Virgin Atlantic  1 x tray in sealed, original packaging  Checked luggage

Airlines that have banned the carriage of Christmas Crackers on their flights

 Aer Lingus  Delta  RyanAir
 Air France  Emirates  SAS Scandanavian
 Air India  Etihad  Singapore Airlines
 Air New Zealand  Icelandair  United Airlines
 American Airlines       KLM  WestJet
 Cathay Pacific  Norwegian Airlines       Wow

In addition to the information given above, it is also important to check the rules and regulations of the airport you are travelling to, from and, if applicable, through. These rules will vary for each individual airport, therefore it is advisable to check the airports before including crackers in either your hand or hold luggage. 

Happy Travels!


The Crackers Team