This common fruit is banned on flights across the world

Posted on 10 July 2024 By Savanna Douglas

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Hold your coconuts! This common tropical fruit – more specifically, parts of it – is banned on flights across the world, according to the latest Dangerous Goods Register published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The dried meat inside of a coconut, called ‘copra’, is banned on flights around the globe.

Travellers are being warned that this part of the tropical fruit is strictly prohibited on planes, reports Express.

As per the report, the International Air Transport Association’s Dangerous Goods Register (IATA), permits travellers to fly with whole coconuts and retail-packaged coconut products, however, dried coconut meat is banned by most airlines, due to the potential risk it causes.

As per the IATA, dried coconut is classified as a Class 4 Dangerous Goods, marked as a flammable solid.

This is due to copra, the oil-dense fleshy bit of a coconut, which is prone to combustion under normal conditions encountered during air transport.

The Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) manual is the only standard international reference for shipping dangerous goods by air that is recognised by airlines.

The coconut’s highly flammable meat is listed along with several other prohibited items on the manual. Some include:

  • ‘Smart Luggage’ (battery-operated bag or suitcase)
  • Camping stoves
  • Stunning devices
  • Hoverboards
  • Tools including drills and crowbars
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Explosives, fireworks included
  • Chemical or toxic substances

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