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Airline Rules for Essential Medicines

Find the latest guidelines for the purpose of air travel and flight security rules in to or out of airports in the United Kingdom.


A helpful guide listing airline regulations for taking essential medicines and medical equipment on a plane.

Essential Medicines

In some cases you need supporting documentation from a relevant medical professional.

This rule appplies if you are planning to carry essential medicines of more than 100ml in your hand luggage (such as inhalers and liquid dietary foodstuffs). That usually means you need a letter from your doctor or a copy of your prescription.

The same rule applies for gel packs and airport staff may ask you to open the containers for screening of the liquids at the security point.

Essential Medical Equipment

You may take certain medical equipment on a plane with you if it is essential for your journey.

The medical equipment will be screened separately and you will be required to show documentation from a qualified medical professional (letter from your doctor).

Essential Medical Equipment

Medicine and Medical Equipment Allowed in Hand Luggage? Allowed in Hold Luggage?
Tablets and Capsules Yes Yes
Essential Liquid Medicines Yes* (+100ml after screening) Yes
Hypodermic Syringes Yes Yes
Inhalers Yes Yes
Cooling Gel Packs Yes (after screening) Yes
Medical Equipment (e.g. CPAP and TENS machines) Yes Yes
Oxygen Cylinders Check with your airline Check with your airline

Medicines and Medical Equipment; UK Rules Updated 2017