19 Strange Airline Rules Not Even the Insiders of Business Travel Know

Did you know you can’t fly Qantas if you’ve had your tonsils removed recently? And, in case you want to take an infant with you to see your family, wait until the baby is at least 7 days old.

These rules make sense, although a few are a little perplexing. For the savvy business traveler, knowing the rules that might cause a delay could help you arrive on time.

1. American Airlines has a rule “which states the carrier can refuse to transport a passenger (and pull him/her off the plane) if the individual ‘has an offensive odor.'” —Fox News

2. Here’s a rule about checked bags and carry-ons: “Human remains [are allowed] as long as they are cremated and are stored in a wood, cardboard or plastic container.” —Ahoy

3. On Hawaiian Airlines, “unacceptable hairstyles include, but are not limited to, extreme or unnatural colors (e.g., pink, purple), top-knots, dreadlocks, cornrows and Mohawks.” —Trip Hobo

4. “I was allowed to take a frozen bottle of Fuji water through security at the Tampa airport…Who knew? You can. As long as your liquid is frozen solid, the TSA allows it. Just suck out any liquid that is slushy or melted before sticking it in the bin to go through the screening machine.” —USA Today

5. “All four of the largest airlines–American, Delta, Southwest and United–have contracts of carriage with similar provisions that allow for denial of boarding to passengers who are unable to sit in a single seat with the seat belt properly secured or are unable to put down armrests between seats for an entire flight.” —USA Today

6. “The ‘flat tire rule,’ as it’s so affectionately known, gives check-in agents some flexibility to accommodate passengers who missed a flight because, well, maybe they got a flat tire on the way to the airport. Realize it doesn’t need to be an actual flat tire and it doesn’t require any ridiculous documentation–it’s mostly supposed to account for any traffic and road issues that passengers might encounter.” —Mashable

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