In order for your journey to start off well it is important to be ready and prepared for the airport security measures.

Abiding to the regulations and knowing what is and what is not allowed to be taken on board a flight, either as hand or hold luggage, will save time and aid a more enjoyable journey. Here is a list of the most up-to-date rules when boarding a flight from the UK and most EU countries.


Hand and Hold Luggage


  • No bag larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm is allowed on a plane as hand luggage.
  • Each airline has their own policy regarding the amount of hand luggage allowed on the aircraft so it is essential to check this information prior to travelling.
  • Certain airlines and airports have different rules about the size and weight of hold luggage that can be taken on board per person.




  • All liquids must be no more than 100ml and placed in one clear resealable bag per person (maximum size 20cm x 20cm). Plastic bags can be provided but it is recommended to be prepared with your own. Keep the bag unknotted/untied.
  • Liquids include drinks/liquid foods, toiletries, sprays, pressurised containers, make-up, perfume/aftershave, pastes and creams. Keep these items out of your hand luggage and ready for inspection.
  • Items purchased whilst at the airport (eg. Duty Free items) can be taken through security as long as they are bagged, with the receipt visible.


Baby Foods/Milk and Medical Items


  • Certain items are exempt from the liquid measures such as essential medical items, special dietary requirements items and baby food/baby milk.
  • Only the necessary quantity required for the journey can be taken in hand luggage.
  • Any medication should have a relevant doctor’s note or prescription.
  •  Baby products can also be placed in hold luggage, and sterilised water must be in a baby bottle.
  • Tablets/capsules, inhalers, cooling gel packs, hypodermic syringes and certain medical equipment may be taken in hand luggage. All are allowed in hold luggage.
  • Contact lens solution of up to 100ml may be carried in hand luggage.
  • Spoons may be carried in hand luggage.


*TIP* It is important to check the liquid restrictions of countries outside of the EU and with regards to the relevant airlines/airports as they can vary.


Electrical Items and Technology


  • Any large electrical items should be removed from your bag before you reach the security x-ray area
  • Electrical items include laptops, large cameras, speakers, tablets/iPads, consoles, docking stations, straighteners, hair dryers and irons.
  • Devices and electronic items must be sufficiently charged and able to be switched on. This applies to anything with a battery. In the case of a device which cannot be switched on, a passenger may not be able to board the flight. Many airports offer charging points and some have available points near security.


*TIP* Where possible check in all liquids and electrical items within your hold luggage.


Clothing /Shoes and Loose Items


  • Before reaching the security x-ray all coats/jackets/jumpers, high heels, belts, watches and other metal jewellery must be removed.
  • Any loose items such as keys, mobile phones, coins and any other metal items should be removed from pockets.
  • Only one lighter per person can be carried and must be placed in a resealable plastic bag as with liquids. Lighters must not be taken in hold luggage.


Personal Items


  • Musical items are screened separately and special arrangements should be verified by the airline when purchasing tickets for a flight.
  • Mobility aids such as wheelchairs, pushchairs and walking aids are usually allowed in the cabin but must be screened by security. Battery-powered aids need to comply with the airline’s own rules.
  • Knitting and sewing needles may be taken on board the flight in hand luggage.
  • Nail clippers/files, tweezers, fixed-cartridge disposable razor blades, and small (blade no longer than 6cm) or blunted scissors can be carried.
  • Umbrellas can be taken in hand or hold luggage.


Sports Equipment


  • No sporting equipment is allowed on board as hand luggage with the exemption of a sports parachute. Most items can be taken as hold luggage provided they are packaged correctly.
  • Guns, firearms and ammunition are not permitted as hand luggage but certain airlines allow these items to be taken on board as hold luggage. These should be properly packaged and declared when you check in.


Restricted Items


  • Items with blades longer than 6cm such as scissors and knives are not allowed in hand luggage but check with an airline’s security measures regarding hold luggage.
  • Fireworks, flares, and other pyrotechnics such as party poppers and toy caps cannot be taken in hand or hold luggage.
  • Non-safety matches and corkscrews must not be carried.
  • Work tools are not permitted in hand luggage but can be taken in hold luggage.
  • Chemicals and toxic substances are not allowed on airport premises or during your journey either as hand or hold luggage.