Baggage restrictions

What you can and can't carry on our flights

Baggage restrictions
 

Baggage restrictions - what you can and can't carry on our flights

Liquids

How much you can take

How to pack your liquids

What 'liquids' means

Liquid prescription medication

Liquid baby food/milk or food for special dietary requirements

Taking your liquids through security

Buying liquids at the airport

Lighters and matches

How to pack your lighter

Sharp items

Electronic gadgets

Coats, jackets and shoes

Mobility equipment and pushchairs

Travelling from the UK to the USA

Travelling from the USA to the UK

Liquids

Liquid baby food and medication

Dangerous articles

More information

 

View a full list of items you can take onboard your flight

You’ll notice some items are marked as needing ‘Operator’s approval’ – this means you’ll need to contact us as far in advance as possible to arrange. You can call us on 0203 451 2688.

Enhanced security checks for flights returning to the UK
UK airlines need to carry out enhanced security screening from certain destinations for return flights to the United Kingdom. If this applies to your flight, you'll be told whilst you're on holiday as it may mean that you need to check in a bit earlier. You might need to be at the boarding gate earlier, too.

 
 
 

Liquids

Airport security regulations state that you’re only allowed to carry small amounts of liquids in your hand baggage.

How much you can take

Liquids make up part of your 1-bag hand luggage allowance. You’ll need to pack them in containers of no more than 100ml – 3.5 fluid Oz and carry them in a clear, resealable plastic bag up to a maximum size of 20cm x 20cm – 8 inches x 8 inches, or that can hold up to 1 litre.


Any liquids in containers bigger than this need to be packed in your checked-in luggage.

 

How to pack your liquids

Make sure the containers fit comfortably in the bag and that the bag is completely closed. You’ll need to ensure the containers are easily visible, too.


You’ll need to provide the plastic bag yourself. Each person travelling – including infants – can carry 1 plastic bag for liquids.


 

What ‘liquids’ means

Examples of liquids that you should pack as above include:


-Water and drinks, soups or syrups
-Creams, lotions and oils
-Perfume
-Sprays
-Gels – including hair and shower gel
-Shaving foam, other foams, deodorants and anything in pressurised containers
-Pastes, like toothpaste
-Liquid-solid mixtures
-Mascara
-Any other items that have a similar consistency


 

Liquid prescription medications

You'll be able to carry medical and dietary liquids over 100ml, but you'll need to bring a doctor's letter to show at security.

 

Liquid baby food or milk, or food for special dietary requirements

You can carry liquid baby foods or baby milk that’s either pre-packaged or made up at home. You can also carry foods for special dietary requirements as long as it’s essential for the flight or holiday.

Please give any food or baby milk to staff when you go through airport security, as it’ll be screened separately.

 

Taking your liquids through security

When you get to security, you’ll need to remove the plastic bag from your hand baggage – it gets screened separately.

 

Buying liquids at the airport

Any liquids you buy from duty free must be carried in a sealed security bag - you'll be given this bag when you buy the item at the airport. You'll need to keep the item and the receipt sealed in the security bag throughout the journey.

Just so you know, security officers might need to open the bag to screen the item. If you're going to be connecting with another flight at your destination airport, let the security officer know and they'll reseal it in a new security bag.

 
 
 

Lighters and matches

You can take a small lighter through security as hand baggage – apart from flights to and from the USA, where they are banned.

How to pack your lighter

The lighter will make up part of your liquid allowance and needs to be either packed in the resealable plastic bag or handed over separately for screening. After security, you’ll need to keep the lighter in your pocket for safety – it can’t be packed in your cabin bag.


What’s more, you should never pack lighters or matches in your checked-in baggage.

 
 
 

Sharp items

No scissors, knives or blades can be carried in the aircraft cabin.

 
 

Electronic gadgets

You’re allowed to carry gadgets like mobile phones, digital cameras or MP3 players in your hand luggage. If you’re carrying any larger electrical items – a laptop, for example – you’ll need to take them out of your hand luggage before you get to the security search point. This is because they’ll need extra screening.

New airport security measures for electronic gadgets

If you're carrying any electronic gadgets in your hand luggage that are capable of holding a charge, you'll need to make sure they're fully charged when you go through airport security. This is part of new security measures that have been introduced by airports in the UK and abroad.

We recommend you keep things like mobile phones switched on until you board the plane, as there might be more checks at the departure gate.

 
 

Coats, jackets and shoes

You’ll need to take off your coat or jacket before you go through security, and you may also be asked to remove your shoes. They’ll need to go through the scanner.

 
 

Mobility equipment and pushchairs

You can take a wheelchair, walking aid or pushchair on board, but it’ll need to go through the x-ray machine when you arrive at the security checkpoint.

 
 

Travelling from the UK to the USA

Just so you know, you may need to undergo extra screening or searches at the boarding gate if you’re going to the USA.

 
 

Travelling from the USA to the UK

If you’re travelling back from the USA to the UK, there are a few more restrictions you need to be aware of.

Liquids

Just so you know, when you leave the USA, there are restrictions on taking liquids and gels into the departure areas.
You’re allowed to take liquids in containers with a capacity of up to 90ml, which need to be packed in a 1 quart – or 1 litre, transparent plastic bag. You’ll need to make sure the items in the plastic bag fit comfortably, completely closed and sealed, and handed to the security staff separately to your other hand luggage.

 

Liquid baby food or medication

If you’re carrying any baby food, medication or diabetic kit that either doesn’t fit in the resealable plastic bag, or has a container bigger than 90ml, you’ll need to declare it to security staff.

 

If you’re carrying any form of liquids, you may need to undergo extra security screening.

 
 
 

Dangerous articles

For safety reasons, you can’t take the following items on the plane at all – either in your hand luggage or your checked-in luggage. You may be able to have them carried as air cargo if they’re packed and shipped in line with Dangerous Goods Regulations. This would need to be done by an approved cargo agent.

-Compressed gases – Deeply refrigerated, flammable non-flammable and poisonous – such as butane, oxygen, liquid nitrogen, and aqualung cylinders.

-Corrosives – such as acids, alkalis, mercury and wet-cell batteries.

-Explosives, munitions, fireworks and flares – including hand guns, ammunition, and percussion caps for toy guns.

-Flammable liquids and solids – such as lighter fuel, matches, paints and thinners.

-Radioactive materials

-Oxidising materials – such as bleaching powder, or peroxides.

-Poisons and infectious substances – such as insecticides, weed-killers, and live-virus materials.

-Other dangerous articles – such as magnetised material, offensive and irritating materials.

 
 

More information

If you’d like more information on baggage restrictions, visit the Gov.uk website.

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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