I wonder if anyone can help me. I come to Greece quite regularly but last year my favourite taverna/restaurant gave me a kilo of their olives to bring home in the brine which I managed to seal up in a container...which didnt leak and put in my hold luggage, this wasnt taken off me at check in though I thought it would. Is this allowed in suitcase does anyone know (or was I just lucky I wouldnt want to get them confiscated) also what about the oil is that just allowed in suitcase only? Thanking you all. sally
Message posted by paul n fiona on 24 July 2011 at 7:27pm - IP Logged
You are not allowed to take liquids of any description on board in your hand luggage - all creams, pastes, gels, lotions and potions (including oil) has to go in the hold. Small containers of less than 100 mls can be taken onboard providing they are in see through sealable plastic bags. These restrictions have been in place for a few years now, yet every time we fly we see passengers getting bottles and jars confiscated, including suntan lotions and hair gel. Anything you have bought in the airport once you have gone through security is OK though.
I was also told that I couldn't take tinned sardines back from Portugal as they were in brine and sealed obviously. I just make sure that there is no liquid in my hand luggage, then buy once I am through security if I really need to take them home.
We brought home local olive oil this year, securely wrapped in our hold luggage, no problems. Mind you, I'm not sure what security thought about the 4 packets of Yemestes biscuits in my hand luggage...on reflection I suppose they could have looked like sticks of explosives and this is possibly why my hand luggage was searched and I was frisked!
Message posted by Elliemay on 24 July 2011 at 10:20pm - IP Logged
One of the funniest? things that happened to us was when we bought a catering pack of gigantes beans and packed it in the hold luggage. Must have looked like a land mine as they soon pulled us up and asked to open the cases, the security staff then laughed and said something like, oh you like Greek food then.
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