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Hand Luggage Regulations

Airport Hand Luggage Rules

Use these guidelines to check if your carry-on luggage and checked-in baggage meets the allowances set out and restricted by airport security in United Kingdom.

UK HAND LUGGAGE RULES & HOLD LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS

There are restrictions on what items you can take with you when you are boarding an airplane in the UK.

That means your hand baggage and hold luggage will get checked by security staff.

Some airport hand luggage rules differ when taking goods abroad to sell. There are variances too if you take items overseas temporarily for business reasons.

Example could include business product sales samples or certain musical instruments for a music performance.

Cabin Baggage Allowances

Note: If airport security staff considers any item to be dangerous they will not allow it to pass through (even if the item is normally permitted in hand luggage). Airlines differ in their allowances for how many bags and what size bags you can take on board with you.

Liquids - Restrictions and Guidelines

Whenever possible you should pack all liquids in your 'checked-in' hold baggage because there are significant security restrictions on the amount of liquids you can take in your carry on hand luggage.

Liquids which may be restricted include:

Guidelines for taking liquids in your hand luggage:

Note: As a rule liquids in containers larger than 100ml cannot go through security. This hand luggage regulation applies even if the container is only part full in most cases.

Liquids Exemptions

As a rule, liquids inside containers larger than 100ml cannot pass through security even if the container is only partially full. However there are some exemptions to this restriction and items will usually be allowed through security if:

You can also take liquids through security if they were bought at an airport, on a plane, or at a duty free shop providing:

You must not open the security bag until you reach your final destination but airport personnel may need to open the items to screen the liquid at the security point.

Liquids Restricted Outside the EU

Countries which are outside the European Union (EU) may have different regulations for carrying liquids as a transit or transfer passenger. Therefore you should check these rules with the relevant airlines and airports before you travel outside the EU.

Cigarette Lighters

You are permitted to carry only one (1) lighter on board and it should be secured inside a resealable plastic bag which you must keep on you throughout the duration of the flight. You are not allowed to put a lighter:

Hold Luggage Restrictions and Cabin Bag Rules

Gun Ammunition and Firearms Regulations Ammunition

FLIGHT REGULATIONS FOR WEAPONRY: Use this guide to check which guns or firearms are not permitted as hand baggage but may be allowed as hold luggage when taking a plane flight in or out of the United Kingdom.


Baby Food Regulations Baby Food

FLIGHT ALLOWANCE FOR BABY FOODS: Airline travel regulations in the United Kingdom are less restrictive about taking milk and foods for babies on planes. If you are traveling with a baby on an airplane you are permitted to take enough baby food, baby milk, and sterilized water for the entire journey.


Chemicals and Toxic Substances Regulations Chemicals

FLIGHT REGULATIONS FOR CHEMICALS: Use this guide to check which chemical items and toxic substances are not permitted as hand baggage or hold luggage when taking a plane flight in or out of the United Kingdom.


Electronic Devices Regulations Electronics

ELECTRONIC DEVICE RESTRICTIONS: Use this guide to check whether your electrical items are permitted inside your hand luggage or whether they can only go inside the airplane hold compartment. It is advisable to check that your consumer electronic devices are fully charged before you fly to and from the United Kingdom.


Medicines and Medical Equipment Regulations Medicines

BAGGAGE RESTRICTIONS ON ESSENTIAL MEDICINES; A helpful guide listing airline regulations for taking essential medicines and medical equipment on a plane with guidelines for the purpose of air travel and flight security rules in to or out of airports in the United Kingdom.


Personal Items Regulations Personal Items

BAGGAGE RESTRICTIONS FOR PERSONAL ITEMS: A comprehensive list of prohibited items and what airlines will allow to be taken on the plane as hand luggage and what must be stored in the hold when you fly in and out of the United Kingdom.


Sports Gear Regulations Sports Gear

BAGGAGE ALLOWANCES FOR SPORTS GEAR: Use this guide to check whether your sports equipment is permitted as hand luggage or can only go in the hold when you take a plane journey in or out of the United Kingdom.


Work Tools Regulations Work Tools

BAGGAGE ALLOWANCES FOR WORK TOOLS: Use this guide to check whether your work tools and equipment are permitted as hand luggage or can only go in the hold when you take a plane journey in or out of the United Kingdom.


Hold Luggage Restrictions and Hand Luggage Guidelines