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Hand Luggage Restrictions for UK Airports

If you are traveling from, through or to a UK airport you need to be aware of the restrictions in force regarding hand luggage and bags you place in the hold of the plane. Checking restrictions before you fly could save you a considerable amount of stress and also the possibility of having items in your baggage confiscated. Take a look at what is allowed, and what is banned, on planes leaving from the UK.


If you can, pack the majority of your liquids in the baggage you check in. There is a limit on the amount of liquids you can carry with you in your carry-on luggage. Liquids in your hand luggage must be in containers that hold no more than 100ml, and they must be packed in a clear, re-sealable plastic bag. The bag should be able to hold no more than one liter of liquids, and you shouldn’t tie it or knot it. You are limited to one bag per person.

Liquids include all drinks, cosmetics such as creams, mascara, lipstick and oils, sprays, pastes and gels. In addition, you can carry one cigarette lighter onboard but you must keep it on your person. You will not be allowed to travel with any item that security staff consider dangerous, even if it is not dangerous to you. Any item that doesn’t meet security rules is liable to be taken away by authorities and you are unlikely to get it back.

It is important to be prepared for pre-boarding security to minimize the time taken in line and also to avoid problems. Rules may change so keep up to date by looking online. Make sure you check with the airline how many bags you can board with. All airlines are different and the restrictions vary between carriers.

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