If you received a pressure cooker as a gift or maybe you're bringing one home with you, you might be wondering if these kitchen appliances are allowed in your luggage on an international flight?
A pressure cooker is allowed on an international flight as long as it fits within the dimensions of your luggage without any issues. It should be noted that your pressure cooker might be manually inspected, however.
We've composed a short guide below which will discuss why beloved pressure cookers can cause commotion at airport security, tips for packing your pressure cooker, other kitchen appliances you can/cannot take on flight and if taking one is worth it.
You might not believe it, but a simple kitchen appliance like pressure cookers can cause some issues with airport security personnel as they pass through the x-ray system. Firstly, this is because the cookers are full of metal which can block security from seeing contents within the checked-in luggage.
Second of all, pressure cooker bombs have been used in recent terrorist attacks within the 21st century so when seen can trigger a high alert when seen inside the luggage and require a second inspection when it passes through the x-ray.
If you've decided to travel with a pressure cooker in your check-in baggage or carry-on luggage, we have some helpful tips for a smooth travel experience below.
You can take a surprising amount of kitchen appliances on an international flight, but there are also some beloved kitchen appliances which you might have to leave at home due to airport regulations.
We've listed some kitchen appliances you can and cannot take on board a plane below.
Electric pressure cookers might seem like a good idea to bring back with you, but are they worth it?
You have to consider that pressure cookers are very large and often flag up security due to their big metal exterior, they can be a hassle to carry taking up your entire suitcase.
It might be better to consider shipping your pressure cooker to your destination before you arrive or simply buying one when you get to your destination instead so you can save room in your luggage.
Why are airlines not keen on pressure cookers being on planes?
Airlines are not keen on pressure cookers being taken on planes due to their involvement in terrorist attacks and explosions, you can still take them on a plane, but they might be more heavily checked by security.
Could I take a pressure cooker in hand luggage?
You can take a pressure cooker in hand luggage but the size might be quite large and not fit within carry-on airline rules luggage sizes. The bag should be able to fit in overhead storage or under the seat in front of you.
How should I pack a pressure cooker in my luggage?
To pack a pressure cooker in your luggage you should remove the lid and pack it separate, wrap the cord around the cooker and always check with your airline beforehand to make sure it's allowed.
Why do you need to take the lid off a pressure cooker when flying?
This makes it easier for security to scan the pressure cooker without too much metal for any dangerous items, pressure cookers which have been designed as bombs also have their lid on, so it's more likely to trigger a manual search.
To conclude, pressure cookers are allowed on most international flights but we always suggest checking with airlines beforehand to make sure it's okay.
When packing your pressure cooker we suggest checking the weight and size restrictions of your luggage and always packing it in your non-priority bag in case it gets delayed due to manual inspection.