Air fryers have seen a surge in popularity in recent years as more and more people catch on to the benefits they provide. If you’re an air fryer convert and looking to travel soon, you might be wondering whether you are allowed to take an air fryer on a plane.
Airlines will allow passengers to bring an air fryer on a plane. An air fryer is allowed in baggage stored in the hold and also allowed in a carry-on bag kept in the cabin. Providing the broader requirements for luggage are met, there should be no issue bringing an air fryer on board a plane.
While bringing an air fryer on board a plane is allowed, there are a number of other things to be aware of before you pack your kitchen appliance ready to travel. Keep reading to find out what you need to do to take your air fryer with you on your travels.
While airlines in both the US and UK have no specific issues with passengers bringing air fryers (or, indeed, most electrical kitchen appliances without a blade) on planes, there are still considerations to bear in mind. Falling foul of wider rules could cause issues, so it’s worth bearing aware of a few key criteria:
- Appliance size
- Parts and contents
- Ensuring the air fryer is accessible
Everyone knows that space comes at a premium on a plane. As a result, every airline has specific rules that relate to the size of baggage in both the hold and the cabin, so being aware of both these rules and the size of your appliance is key to ensuring you meet the requirements.
This is especially important if you intend to bring your air fryer into the cabin as part of your carry-on baggage. This is because, in addition to the general size rules, you’ll need to be sure that the boxed appliance fits in the overhead compartments or under the seat in front of you to ensure a comfortable journey.
If you do fall foul of the rules on baggage sizing, you won’t have to give up your air fryer, but you are likely to have to pay extra charges in order to be able to use the space your appliance requires.
Air fryer manufacturers have continued to develop their products over time, and many air fryers now boast several functions beyond simple air frying. As a result, many air fryers now include an increasing number of removable parts, such as trays, draws, and baskets.
Most travelers looking to bring an air fryer on board a plane will also have used the appliance before, and that’s where they can sometimes run into issues. Depending on the location to which you are traveling and their rules, you may be prohibited from bringing certain foods into the country. If you have food or even just residue left in your appliance, you may break these rules.
For example, the US does not allow any meat, milk, eggs, or poultry to be brought into the country, and this includes products made from them. This means you should ensure that – depending upon the rules of the country to which you are traveling – you have thoroughly cleaned the appliance and related parts ahead of traveling to avoid potential disruption.
If the air fryer you are traveling with is brand new or perhaps just extremely effectively packed, you may run into a different issue. Airport security in both the US and UK specifies that they reserve the right to ensure they can access all items within your baggage. This means that they may require you to open up your appliance so that they can review the contents.
As a result, care should be taken not to make the device or its parts especially inaccessible, or else you – or airport security – may be required to cut into your packaged air fryer in order to review the contents. This means you should aim to find a balance between all parts being secured appropriately but still accessible should security need to review them in more detail.
Most electronic devices, such as kitchen appliances, are allowed on a plane where they are deemed to not present a risk to the safety of those traveling. This means that most electronic devices, provided they are packed away and meet other rules such as size and accessibility, will be allowed in both stored baggage and in the cabin.
While there is not an explicit list of electronic devices not allowed on the plane, it is easy to see that if a device presents a risk, it will either need to be stored in the hold or transported in another way.
One important consideration is whether the appliance includes a blade. An appliance like a blender would not be allowed in carry-on baggage unless the blade has been removed. The blade is allowed to be wrapped securely and transported in the hold but is not allowed in the cabin; another example of this might be power tools, which may be allowed to be stored safely in the hold but not in the cabin in your carry-on baggage.
In most cases, if you are unsure, it is always wise to contact the airline in order to understand what their policies allow you to do. This ensures that you do not find yourself in a difficult position when passing through airport security, where passengers may be forced to leave certain items at the airport or cancel their travel should an item not be allowed to pass through security.
Air fryers are a great way to enjoy quick and easy food without the hassle of having to use a deep fryer. Taking an air fryer on your travels should not be an issue, provided you follow the guidance provided by your chosen airline carefully.