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Christmas Travel Question: UK-US  
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 29
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2202 times:

I will be travelling home next Saturday from London to the US for the holidays (LHR-ORD-FWA on UA) and returning on the 6th of January. It's a SURPRISE for my big family--they don't know I'm coming home! Big grin

I have a couple of questions:

1) I plan to take my violin with me (carry-on of course). Is that still possible from LHR? (I also have to take my CPAP machine with me). Or do the new UK rules now forbid carrying on a musical instrument? It would be great to be able to take my violin home to play some Christmas music!

2) At London's Borough Market (next to Guy's Hospital where I study craniofacial medicine), I have seen gooseberry jam for sale (and have so often taken free samples of it), and absolutely love the stuff! (Ever had gooseberry jam, or even gooseberry pie? I have!) I would love to take a jar home to my family for Christmas. Is it possible to take a (sealed) jar from the UK to the US? It would be checked in my luggage, of course, so they don't tag me as a terrorist (if I'm not already tagged so!). If I am permitted to take a jar from the UK into the US, would I need to declare it somehow to US Customs?

Please let me know, and thanks in advance!

SmithAir747


I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
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User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2185 times:

Quoting SmithAir747 (Thread starter):

I understand the only thing thats banned is liquid over 125 ml's. So you could try it, but they may make you put it in your checked in luggage. If you do get it in the plane you could ask the flight deck to look after it for the flight.

I guess if you put the jam in your checked in luggage no-one would know. I think you only have to declare it if its fruit or meat aswell.

Again dont hold me to these. This is what I've heard.

Rgds --James--

P.S. Good idea on the suprise.



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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

Quoting SmithAir747 (Thread starter):
If I am permitted to take a jar from the UK into the US, would I need to declare it somehow to US Customs?

You're not allowed to take fruits or preserves (which includes jam). However you'd be effing unlucky if they picked you out and searched your luggage so dont worry about it.

Quoting SmithAir747 (Thread starter):
I plan to take my violin with me (carry-on of course). Is that still possible from LHR?

I do belive you can take a musical instrument however phone your airline for details...



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2178 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 2):
You're not allowed to take fruits or preserves (which includes jam).

Really ? I've taken jam and marmalade before, and declared it on my customs form, and nobody said a dickie bird. Did they change the rule ?


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

I think it would be better to pack it well and pack it in your checked baggage. As over the recent Thanksgiving Holiday there were reports on peoples pies being taken away from them when they tried to carry them on the plane.


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User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 2):
You're not allowed to take fruits or preserves (which includes jam). However you'd be effing unlucky if they picked you out and searched your luggage so dont worry about it.

Just put it inside the pocket of a jacket or something in the middle of your suitcase surrounded by other clothes, that way the x-ray won't pick it up! If you do get your luggage searched and they find it, just tell them you didn't know you weren't allowed to bring it in the country and it was in a pocket to stop it rolling around and possibly getting broken. The worst that can happen is they confiscate it.

Thanks for reminding me about gooseberry pie!


User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3266 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

Excerpt taken from the BBC:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4789593.stm

For carryons, you are allowed up to a certain size. The dimensions of hand luggage must not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22in x 17.7in x 9.8in approx), including wheels, handles and side pockets. This is equivalent to the size of a small roller suitcase.

All laptops and large electrical items (such as hairdryers) must be taken out of the bag and placed in a tray to be scanned separately from the other items in the bag.

Musical instruments are allowed. However, they will have to be screened separately.



Yay Pudding!
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2123 times:

Also the problem you will have is once you arrive into ORD and make your connecting flight the jar of jam is going to be over the 3oz limit that is allowed. As you will have to reclear security in ORD.


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User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2113 times:

Thanks for your replies!

As an alternative to taking it home with me, is it permissible to ship the jar of gooseberry jam home by post? (I'll be shipping a Harrods Christmas Teddy Bear home that way anyway, as it's too big for my suitcase). Which would be better, shipping it or carrying it in my checked baggage?

SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2111 times:

You can ship it, the ban on importing fruits is for raw fruit not cooked products.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2083 times:

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 7):
Also the problem you will have is once you arrive into ORD and make your connecting flight the jar of jam is going to be over the 3oz limit that is allowed. As you will have to reclear security in ORD.

But its in his checked baggage, there is no issue with the size of the jar in Checked Baggage

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 9):
You can ship it, the ban on importing fruits is for raw fruit not cooked products

Royal Mail are not to be trusted with anything that is concidered "Fragile"...

Just put it in your checked baggage and make sure its well protected... You shall be eating gooseberry jam stateside before you know it!



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