Never do this with hand luggage warns expert - it could be very dangerous

HAND luggage for flights requires plenty of thought when it comes to packing due to the many restrictions airlines impose when it comes to size. However, no matter what you take, there's one thing you must never do with carry on baggage.

PUBLISHED: 20:31, Wed, Feb 12, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:59, Wed, Feb 12, 2020

Hand luggage for flights is something nearly everyone takes onboard a plane. There are all manner of dos and don’ts when it comes to flying. However, there is one huge no-no when it comes to cabin luggage, an expert has said.

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Author Christopher Bartlett revealed in his 2016 book Plane Clever what passengers should never do.

He explained that in the event of an emergency evacuation, fliers should never take their hand luggage with them.

“Leave luggage behind!” Bartlett wrote in his book.

“In the actor’s view, and that of many experts, the authorities should take a much stronger view against passengers ignoring instructions and bringing bags - and even wheelie cases - with them down the chutes in emergency evacuations.

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flights hand luggage plane emergency evacuation suitcase cabin baggage adviceFlights: There is one huge no-no when it comes to cabin luggage, an expert has said (Image: Getty Images)

flights hand luggage plane emergency evacuation suitcase cabin baggage adviceFlights: Fliers should never take their hand luggage with them in an evacuation (Image: Getty Images)

“Doing so, they are putting other passengers and themselves at risk.”

When a plane crashed in Russia in May last year, passengers were harshly criticised for trying to bring their baggage with them when escaping the aircraft.

Up to 41 people died when the plane made an emergency landing at Moscow’s main international airport on 5 May 2019, with those lucky enough to have lived blasting the actions of passengers who delayed others getting off so they could get their luggage off.

Video footage was captured showing passengers escaping with their bags as the stricken Sukhoi Superjet landed at Sheremetyevo airport while on fire in horrific footage.

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