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Hand Baggage Restriction in UK

Hand baggage security restrictions imposed by the Department for Transport remain in place.

carriage of liquids - effective 06 November 2006
From 06 November a small amount of liquids will be allowed through security screening if:
  • The liquid is in a container with a capacity no greater than 100ml (or equivalent)
  • The containers are all contained within one closed transparent re-sealable plastic bag (such as a re-sealable freezer bag or zip top bag) which itself must not exceed 1 litre in capacity or 20cm x 20cm
  • The contents of the plastic bag fit comfortably within it, and the bag is completely closed
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The plastic bag must be taken out of your cabin bag and placed in a tray for x-ray screening. In this case liquids include gels, pastes, lotions, liquid/solid mixtures and the contents of pressurised containers, e.g. toothpaste, hair gel, drinks, soups, syrups, perfume, deodorant, shaving foam, aerosols, etc.

This requirement will be introduced at the same time across all airports in the EU and is aligned with those already in place in the US and Canada.

cabin baggage allowance restrictions
The following cabin baggage allowance remains in place and is applicable to all passengers:
  • starting their journey at a UK airport
  • all passengers transferring from international flights at a UK airport
  • We advise passengers travelling to the UK to also adhere to UK cabin baggage allowance restrictions when travelling within Europe or to check individual airport operators.
  • each passenger is permitted to carry ONE item of cabin baggage through the airport security
  • the dimension of the bag must not exceed a maximum length of 56cm, width of 45cm and depth of 25cm (including wheels, handles, side pockets, etc)
  • all items carried by passengers must be x-ray screened
  • a handbag or bag can be contained within the one cabin bag, but must not exceed the maximum dimensions
items permitted in your cabin baggage
In addition to the liquids permitted in one transparent re-sealable bag you can take the following in your one cabin bag, as previously in place:
  • electrical equipment including laptops, mobile phones, MP3 players, portable music and DVD players, digital and film cameras, video cameras – all larger electrical equipment will need to be removed from your cabin baggage and x-ray screened separately
  • essential medicines in liquid form sufficient and essential for the flight in quantities less than 50ml (e.g. diabetic kit), as long as verified as authentic – items must be removed from the bag and placed in a tray and screened separately
  • solid cosmetics e.g compact powder and lipstick (not lipgloss)
  • baby milk and liquid baby food (the contents of each bottle or jar must be tasted by the accompanying passenger) are permitted in the cabin bag
other items
  • all coats and jackets must be removed and screened as cabin baggage
  • items normally carried in cabin baggage such as books, medicines in non-liquid form, keys and travel documents may be carried in the cabin bag as long as they fit into a bag no bigger than 56cm x 45cm x 25 cm
  • pushchairs and walking aids, including wheelchairs are permitted but must be security screened
outsize items
All items of luggage which do not fit in the permitted cabin baggage size must be checked in. One musical instrument in its case (no items other than the instrument and its accessories may be carried in the case), will be allowed as a second item of cabin baggage. The item will need to be screened and passengers should check if special arrangements need to be made.

flights from the USA and Canada
Passengers may take a small amount of liquids and gels. Each passenger is limited to one, clear plastic, zip-top plastic bag that does not exceed 20cm x 19.5cm of travel-size toiletries of 3 ounces (90ml) or less.

Passengers travelling to the UK from the USA or Canada are permitted ONE carry-on bag, which must not exceed a maximum length of 56cm, width of 45cm and depth of 25cm (including wheels, handles, side pockets, etc). In addition business and premium economy passengers at some airports, may be permitted a laptop, but are advised to check with the individual airport.

Customers travelling from the USA or Canada who are transferring onto another flight from a UK airport MUST adhere to UK requirements.

further information
We ask for your cooperation in the screening process by allowing sufficient time and being prepared before you arrive at the airport. Only pack essential items in your cabin baggage and pack your liquids, gels and such items in your checked luggage. Please also be aware any previously prohibited items remain in place.


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