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HUNGARIAN AIRPORT REFUSE DRONES TO BE TAKEN ON BOARD AS CARRY ON LUGGAGE

Discussion in 'Rules and Regulations' started by Neil Warren, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. Neil Warren

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    I have just returned from a trip to Hungary flying out from Stansted London having taken my P4 there to film. This was my first visit abroad with my Drone. I was concerned that I would be stopped going through the security check at the airport and that they would have an issue with my Li-Po batteries. I had the batteries in a Li-Po bag. Although they are rated as being 81.3Wh and permissible as a carry on you never really know how they (security) will react. I carried my Drone in my backpack as a ‘carryon’ bag (rotors removed of course and packed in ‘checked in’ luggage) and had no problems going through security at Stansted Airport. My problem was the return journey through Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. To my surprise the issue was not the batteries but the P4 drone. The Hungarian Aviation authority have apparently now in their wisdom directed Budapest Airport to refuse any drones to be taken on board flights and that they must be ‘checked in’ baggage. Despite my protest and instance that the drone would be damaged if it went through ‘checked in; luggage I was forced to check my backpack into ‘checked in’ luggage………...and yes when it arrived back in the UK the bag was crushed and my drone damaged.


    The Hungarian Aviation Authority have ruled that a drone could be used as dangerous weapon on an aircraft………. I enquired as to what part of the smooth lightweight aerodynamic body they felt was a particular hazardous but that fell on deaf ears.


    I had searched the internet prior to leaving to see what issues people had had travelling on planes with drones and all the issues I have read centred around batteries. I have written to Ryanair regarding this as they appear to be completed oblivious to the ruling as I am sure other airlines are too – for anyone interested you can see my letter of complaint here.


    Dropbox - Ryanair - Letter 1.pdf


    So be warned if you are travelling with your drone abroad you could be refused permission to take it on board and it may have to be checked in.
     
  2. Bluebouye

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    Hi Neil. Nice to know as I travel to Hungary regularly and wouldn't mind taking a quad. Can you update us as I'd love to know what the outcome was?
     
  3. TechMaxxx

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    The same thing happened to me there. This makes no sense at all, and in addition, this new regulation can't be found anywhere online (I'm Hungarian so I could check the Hungarian FAA's (NKH), and the airport's website, this is not mentioned anywhere at all).
    I live in the UK so it made me really angry, as I decided to leave it at a relative's house in Hungary (I was lucky enough that someone could take it from the airport). So I don't know when I will have it again.
    I traveled with the copter quite a few times from Budapest, and this was the first time they didn't let me bring it on board. Hungarian authorities just love to ban everything (even flying the thing there is illegal unless you have a ton of permissions and insurance, which are basically impossible to get for hobbyist, fortunately they don't care at all most of the time).
     
  4. Steve Mc Queen

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    I was thinking of talking it with me too,to my trip to Hungary...but after that post...neah....What if i packed it in my aluminium case and then "checked in"?Will the drone survive?
     
  5. Neon Euc

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    Best bet.... If the worst happens and you can't take it back home...then as silly as it sounds bring a flat pack cardboard box and bubble wrap.... If they refuse your entry then out the drone in the case, in the box with bubble wrap. If they do let you check in with it....well... How hard is it to get rid of a box and bubble wrap in the bin ;-)

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  6. marianssen

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    Hi everyone, are there any new information in regard to the security at the Budapest airport? I will be flying from there next week, and was wondering if it it still not possible to take a drone in hang luggage.
     
  7. Steve Mc Queen

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    I just got back from Hungary...Aegean Airlines....The only problem was at Hungarian airport.They did not let me take it with me as "hand luggage" because "these are the rules" they said ,so i had to let it travell with all the heavy luggages till the next airport(Athens).A hard case or hardshell backbag is a must!Good luck

    PS.Luckily my bird is still onepiece after that
     
  8. marianssen

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    Thanks for the response! I will use the original P4 case, and hopefully it will survive