Baggage handler shares why you should never tie a ribbon to your suitcase

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A baggage handler has shared a crucial tip for holidaymakers, advising against the common practice of tying ribbons to luggage.

While many travellers attach identifiers to their bags to spot them easily on the carousel upon arrival, an airport worker has highlighted that this could actually cause problems. Speaking to RSVP Live, they explained: "Ribbons people tie onto their suitcases to help identify them can cause issues with the bag being scanned in the baggage hall. If the bag can't be scanned automatically it can end up in manual processing, which could mean your bag doesn't make it to the flight. Take old stickers off the bag, it can cause confusion with the scanning process."

Furthermore, the worker warned against packing marzipan, as its density is similar to explosives, potentially leading to both the luggage and its owner being removed from the flight.

In related news, a travel expert recently pointed out that a staggering four out of five Brits are unaware of a new security measure implemented this year. The Government has mandated that by June 1, major airports must install advanced scanners, enabling passengers to carry up to two litres of liquids in hand luggage and keep electronic devices like laptops inside their bags during security checks.

Despite the initial delay from 2022, several major airports including Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick, and Manchester have conceded they will not meet next week's deadline. In contrast, smaller airports such as Teesside, London City, Birmingham, and Newcastle are equipped with new security screening technology and anticipate being operational on schedule, reports the Mirror.

This disparity in readiness has resulted in considerable confusion among travellers regarding airport regulations. According to a survey by AirAdvisor, which was shared exclusively with the Mirror, a staggering 83% of respondents are unclear about the upcoming changes to the 100ml liquid rules at airports this summer.

The forthcoming regulation will permit passengers to carry up to two litres of liquids in their hand luggage on planes. This change will be implemented across UK airports; however, different rules may still apply at international destinations or for return journeys to the UK.

Currently, travellers are allowed to carry liquids in containers of no more than 100ml each, packed in a transparent, resealable plastic bag measuring approximately 20cm x 20cm, with a total volume not exceeding one litre. These restrictions are expected to remain until at least June 1.

Anton Radchenko, founder and CEO of AirAdvisor, commented: "Considering this rule holds significant importance and will redefine how we travel, people should be aware of it."