Flying is a quick way to get to your destination, but getting from point A to point B often comes with lots of rules. Some make perfect sense, like the size limit on carrying liquids on a plane, or the amount of luggage you can bring along. Others…not so much. Learning about these bizarre airline rules may someday save you from a potentially embarrassing situation — or maybe just give you a good laugh.
- Personal Hygiene: This one should go without saying, but passengers have been barred from flying in the past due to poor hygiene. American Airlines can refuse to let you fly with them if you smell bad. They state their policy as follows: anyone with “an offensive odor not caused by a disability or illness.” will not be allowed to fly with them. Shower before going to the airport, and add that extra deodorant. This rule also applies to drowning yourself in a bottle of cologne or perfume. It is important to think about other passengers when it comes to applying this rule.
- Hairstyle: It matters what type of hairstyle a person has if you are flying with Hawaiian Airlines. They clearly state that “unacceptable hairstyles include, but are not limited to, extreme or unnatural colors (e.g., pink, purple), top-knots, dreadlocks, cornrows and Mohawks.” So before trying the latest trend, make sure you are not flying with this airline.
- No gel inserts: Yes, your feet will suffer, but if you wear gel inserts in your shoes make sure to remove them before you fly. These inserts are above the standard ounce limit for carry-on liquid and gel. Who knew that something so simple, and worn by so many on a daily basis to help with back and foot pain, is not allowed on a flight?
- Pets/Service Animals: Having a service animal is okay as long as it falls within the airline’s guidelines. Some airlines had to recently revamp their policy because the emotional support animals were getting a little out of control. It is always best to check with the airline you are flying with because you might find that, as in the case with American Airlines, they do not allow spiders or hedgehogs (yes, passengers have tried to say these animals support them) but they will allow “miniature horses properly trained as service animals”.
- Tools: Believe it or not, carrying tools is okay on most airlines. Screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers are allowed as long as they are under 7 inches in length. Again, we’re not sure what you would need these tools for on a flight, but most airlines allow them.
Traveling has become a big part of our lives, especially flying, so it is important to know the rules for the airline that you choose. Some rules seem bizarre, but at some point, it had to have happened and now there’s a rule for it. Happy travels!