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UK Airport Hand Luggage Restrictions

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.

Hand and Hold Luggage Restrictions in UK

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.

Cabin Bag 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.

Alcohol in Hand Luggage Rules UK

Does the UK flights ban allow you to carry alcohol in hand luggage? This section explains the rules and regulations for carrying alcohol onboard a flight.

Note: The alcohol can get taken away from you and placed as disposal if you fail to follow these rules.

Drinking Your Own Alcohol on a Plane

Many passengers fail to realise that you are not allowed to drink your own alcohol on a plane. As a rule, only a flight attendant can serve alcohol to you - from the drinks trolley.

There have been reports made by some frequent fliers that contradict this rule. They said cabin crew had served personal 'unopened' alcohol to passengers. Despite having no proof either way, it would depend on the airline involved.

Even if it happened, the flight attendant would need to keep the bottle for the rest of the flight. They would also throw away any remaining alcohol inside the bottle at the end of the flight.

Airline staff can refuse to serve any passengers who get too drunk (at their discretion). In fact some airlines do not allow any alcohol taken on board at all (e.g. Kuwait Airways and Saudi Arabian Airline.

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:

Food and Powders

Carrying food items and powders (e.g. coffee, talcum powder) in your hand luggage can cause delays. Some food and powders obstruct the images on airport x-ray machines.

Security staff may need to check your bags again 'manually' after the scan. Thus, putting powdered food items in your hold luggage will help to minimise delays.

Hold Luggage Restrictions and Cabin Bag Rules

Gun Ammunition and Firearms Regulations Ammunition

FLIGHT REGULATIONS FOR WEAPONRY: Check which guns or firearms are not permitted as hand baggage during a flight. But, certain items may go as hold luggage when taking a plane flight.


Baby Food Regulations Baby Food

FLIGHT ALLOWANCE FOR BABY FOODS: Airline travel regulations are less restrictive for taking baby milk and baby food on planes. Check what amounts you can carry in your hand luggage for the journey.


Chemicals and Toxic Substances Regulations Chemicals

TOXIC SUBSTANCES: Airport security regulations are strict when flying in and out of the UK. Check which airline restrictions apply to chemicals and toxic substances in hand luggage.


Electronic Devices Regulations Electronics and Electrical Items

ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Check out the current flight restrictions on electrical items and electronic devices. The guide clarifies the rules for electricals in hand luggage.


Medicines and Medical Equipment Regulations Medicines and Medical Equipment

ESSENTIAL MEDICINES: Guidelines on essential medicines and medical equipment during air travel. Check the flight security rules when flying in to or out of airports in the United Kingdom.


Personal Items Regulations Personal Items

BAGGAGE RESTRICTIONS: A list of prohibited items and what airlines allow as hand luggage. Check what must be stored in the cargo hold when you fly in and out of the United Kingdom.


Sports Gear Regulations Sports Gear

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCES FOR SPORTS GEAR: Check whether your airline lets you bring sports gear and games equipment on the plane in your hand luggage.


Work Tools Regulations Work Tools

BAGGAGE ALLOWANCES FOR WORK TOOLS: The guide explains airport security regulations on work tools. Check if the airline lets you bring working tools and portable power machinery on the plane in hand luggage.


Hold Luggage Restrictions and Hand Luggage Guidelines for the United Kingdom