Changi offers mail-it-home service for prohibited carry-on items

Singapore airport has introduced 28 "Speedpost@Changi" kiosks

Credit: Changi Airport Group

When airport security staff call out “Is this your bag?” most of us know what is coming: we’ve forgotten to remove a prohibited item in our carry-on luggage.

But if you’re one of the 40 million annual passengers departing from Singapore Changi Airport this year, you have a chance to send any sentimental items back home by post, before they are swiped for good.

Changi Airport Group (CAG) and Singapore Post (SingPost) have introduced 28 “Speedpost@Changi” kiosks – located in the airport’s three terminals near the gate holdrooms where carry-on bag screening takes place.

It follows a successful two-month trial when Changi Airport noticed that most of the items posted were of sentimental or high commercial value, including pen knives, Swiss Army knives, skincare products, cosmetics, grooming kits with scissors/clippers, honey, canned food and sauces.

For everyday prohibited items such as tweezers, shampoo bottles, toothpaste or shampoo over 100mls, it may be more cost-effective to ditch rather than post the items, but expensive goods such as pen knives or perfume are worth saving.

The postal service can reach more than 220 countries and territories in one of two standard Speedpost envelope sizes. Any liquids or gels that are posted must be under 200mls.

Local delivery charges are S$10/£5 for a small envelope package and S$12/£6 for a large one. Charges for overseas delivery can be costly and vary depending on the country and size. For example, the Speedpost rate is S$26.40/£13 for a small envelope package for delivery to Hong Kong.

If you’re unsure of what you can and can’t pack in your hand luggage, here’s an up-to-date list, published by the UK government and US security department, the TSA.

UK: www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Foreigntravel/AirTravel/DG_176922

US: www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm

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