Advice for festive flyers - Check in Christmas gifts or wrap on arrival
Created: 12th Dec 2018
Passengers flying away to celebrate Christmas with friends and family are being advised to pack presents in their hold baggage in order to avoid potentially seeing them unwrapped at the airport.
The tip from Bristol Airport comes ahead of what is expected to be a record Christmas holiday season for the South West’s international gateway. An estimated 235,000 passengers are set to pass through the terminal between 21 December and 3 January – up 10 per cent on the equivalent period last year. The busiest day will fall on 23 December, when 24,000 passengers will fly in and out of the airport, while around 1,000 will be travelling on Christmas Day itself.
Chris Morgan, Head of Security at Bristol Airport, said:
“Passengers may be tempted to take wrapped presents in their hand luggage when travelling during the festive season, but they should be aware that these may need to be unwrapped as part of the security search process.
“It is best to wait until you get to your destination to do the wrapping if you can – but if that’s not possible, we advise that any wrapped gifts should go in checked-in bags. We also recommend checking with your airline if you plan to travel with Christmas crackers, as policies on this can vary between carriers.”
Bristol Airport is on track to handle 8.7 million passengers in 2018, boosted by additional ski flights to Andorra and Ostersund in Sweden, along with increased capacity to popular winter city break destinations including Berlin, Copenhagen and Vienna.