Hand luggage on flights is already a complicated subjected thanks to liquid restrictions and numerous other rules and regulations. To add to the smorgasbord of what you can and cannot take on board a plane, are now certain British foods. Officials in Brussels have revealed the travel advice that “brutal” European food safety regulations will impact travellers if the UK crashes out of the EU on a no-deal Brexit. One much-loved food that won’t be allowed in your hand luggage is cheddar cheese.
Cheddar is just one of the animal-based products that won’t be permitted.
Anyone found bringing the popular dairy product in the EU will face having the cheese confiscated.
Scotch eggs, Cornish pasties, pork pies and bacon will also be considered a breach of European law.
“You will have to pick and choose what you are bringing from the UK,” a senior EU official told The Times.
“Any animal-based product is not what you will want to put into your luggage in case of a no deal.
“Because you will not be able import… ham, sausage or other products. That’s the end of that.”
The food items could be classified as a danger to public health and anyone harbouring them could face being treated as a smuggler.
The Eu official said: “The reason for this is you can bring serious diseases into the EU by bringing these products in.”
Once Britain becomes a so-called third country, fresh meat, milk, poultry fish, pet food, eggs and honey will be just a few of the products banned from crossing the border.
The officials shrugged off any fears of reciprocal bans for European products. The source said: “Eating only UK cheese will be a pity for the UK.”
Cheese is already a contentious item when it comes to hand luggage. Cheddar cheese is currently allowed as it is a hard cheese.
However, no matter what the Brexit outcome, soft cheeses still won’t be permitted in cabin baggage.
Soft cheese can melt and therefore turn into a liquid – so airport security counts it as such. Such soft cheeses include brie, camembert, goat’s cheese, cream cheese and more.
Holidaymakers are much better off packing any soft cheeses in their hold luggage to avoid confiscation.
For travellers who do intend taking food through airport security, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued advice.
“Food items and powders in your hand luggage can obstruct images on x-ray machines,” said the FCO. “Your bags may need to be checked again manually by security. You can put these items in your hold luggage to minimise delays.”
Other foods to watch out for are certain bottled foods or delicacies in jars. For instance, olives may not seem like a liquid, but if they’re stored in brine they will be. The same goes for foods such as sundried tomatoes, capers, gherkins and so on.
Peanut butter is another banned food for hand luggage that many people might not realise as the tasty spread is considered a liquid and passengers have been known to smuggle drugs inside jars of the stuff.