What can I take in my hand luggage on a flight
What you can and can’t take on board a flight
The attacks on the World Trade Centre Twin Towers in 2001 changed aviation for ever. After this, airport and airline security was significantly stepped up, and rules regarding items allowed in passenger hand luggage were tightened (not only for flights to the USA
, but worldwide). As a result, millions of people across the globe are often unsure about the exact rules regarding what they can take in hand luggage (baggage that you carry on the plane with you) on a flight, and how much. With the help of the British Department of Transport, let’s answer that question right now.
Allowed hand luggage items (not including things like books, magazines, etc.):
- Laptops and small electrical items (hairdryers, etc).
- Medical equipment (if it is essential for your journey). Remember to take your supporting documentation from your GP or another qualified medical professional.
- Essential medicines, such as inhalers and liquid dietary foodstuffs (but you will need prior approval from the airline and departure airport, and, again, supporting documentation from your GP or another qualified medical professional)
- You can only take liquids of 100ml or less in your hand luggage. All liquids, gels and pastes must be sealed in a transparent plastic bag. These are available to purchase at the airport.
- The plastic bag in which you seal your liquids must be approximately 20cm x 20cm and can hold no more than a litre.
- You are limited to 1 plastic bag per person, and the bag must be placed in a tray, outide your hand luggage, as it goes through security.
- Types of liquids, pastes and gels you are allowed to carry in your re-sealable bag can include: water, soup, syrups; cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lipsticks; sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants; pastes, including toothpaste; gels, including hair and shower gel; contact lens solution; any other solutions and items of similar consistency
- Lighters (one per passenger) are allowed, and should also be placed in your re-sealable bag
- Baby food of various consistencies; baby milk; sterilised water (must be in a baby bottle); soya milk for babies; and formula, breast milk or cow’s milk specifically for babies
Rules for everyone's safety
Although UK airports all have strict rules regarding permissible hand luggage content (in line with increased security measures introduced after 9/11), it is essential to remember that it is all about keeping you and your family safe. If everyone complies with the rules in the right spirit, tension between passengers and airline personnel at UK airports can be avoided, which means delays to flights can, for the most part, be avoided in turn.
Important Note: To find out how much hand luggage you can take (or its size and shape) when departing for a cheap flight booked through directline-flights this year, please contact your airline.
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