From 6th November 2006 until further notice, strict rules regarding liquids, creams and gels carried in hand luggage have been put in place for all air travellers:

Liquids,creams & gels in a container of volume no greater than 100ml (3.3 fl oz) may be carried, if placed in a resealable transparent plastic bag, held in hand, for separate screening. In addition, the following may be carried:

  • Prescription medicines in liquid form, sufficient and essential for the flight (e.g. diabetic kit), as long as verified as authentic (by a pharmacy label or prescription).
  • Baby milk (in baby drinking bottles or cups) and liquid baby food (the contents of each bottle or jar must be tasted by the accompanying passenger).

NOTE: The definition of liquids includes 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, lipsticks etc. You can also carry on liquids that you buy in the airport after passing through the security checkpoint, as such items have been passed through at least four screening procedures and are deemed safe.

To help progress through security, passengers are encouraged not to include items capable of containing liquids (e.g. bottles, flasks, tubes, cans, plastic containers etc.) in their cabin baggage. All laptops and large electrical items (e.g. large hairdryer) must be removed from hand luggage and placed in a tray so that such items neither obscure nor are obscured by other items.

Pushchairs and walking aids are permitted but must be x-ray screened. Wheelchairs are permitted but must be thoroughly searched.

TAKE NOTE! 7th January 2008 sees the UK's one person, one bag rule partially lifted by the DfT, with 21 UK airports now permitting the previous allowance of one main hand luggage and one personal item (such as a handbag, purse, record bag) through the departure security checkpoint.

Most of the major departure points, as well as a number of mainly domestic airports such as Aberdeen, Cambridge and Southampton,  are within this group of 21 and include:

  • London Heathrow
  • London Stansted
  • Manchester
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Glasgow Prestwick
  • London City
  • Birmingham

However, airports such as London Gatwick, Liverpool, Newcastle, Durham-Tees and Leeds-Bradford are, as yet, unapproved by the DfT and travellers from and transferring through these airports must continue to adhere to the one person, one bag rule.

THE ADVICE REMAINS: TRAVEL LIGHT, ONLY BRING ESSENTIALS THROUGH SECURITY IN YOUR HAND LUGGAGE. PLACE EVERYTHING ELSE IN YOUR CHECK-IN LUGGAGE.