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Airport Security Allowances


With the increased security measures in place at all airports it’s important to pack with this in mind to avoid unnecessary delays at airport security.

Wherever possible you should pack liquids in your hold baggage, as there are restrictions on the amount you can take in your hand baggage. Here’s a reminder on what you can and can’t carry in your hand baggage.


Liquids include:

  • all drinks, including water, soup and syrups
  • cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lipstick
  • 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

If you need certain liquids during the flight, you can take them into the cabin in limited quantities as follows:

  • containers must hold no more than 100ml
  • containers must be carried in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm
  • contents must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be sealed
  • the bag must not be knotted or tied at the top
  • each passenger can carry only one of these bags
  • the bag must be presented for examination at the airport security point

Containers larger than 100ml (excluding essential medicines) will not be allowed through the security point even if they are only part full.


Lighters

One lighter per person may be carried on a flight. Lighters are considered to be liquids and should be put inside the plastic bag or screened separately. You must keep the lighter on your person throughout the flight.
It is very important that you do not:

  • place it in your hold baggage
  • return it to your hand baggage after screening

Essential medicines, including inhalers and liquid dietary foodstuffs

You are allowed to carry essential medicines of more than 100ml in your hand baggage, but you will need:

  • prior approval from the airline and departure airport
  • supporting documentation from a relevant qualified medical professional (eg a letter from your doctor or prescription)
  • remember to take only what you need for your journey. Extra supplies and larger containers of medicine can go in your hold baggage.

Baby food and baby milk

You are allowed to take baby food, baby milk and sterilised water in your hand baggage. This includes:

  • soya milk for babies
  • sterilised water for the baby (must be in a baby bottle)
  • formula, breast milk or cow milk specifically for babies
  • baby food of various consistencies

The amount must be sufficient for your trip only and you will be asked to taste the liquids or purees by a security officer. There are no limits on powder formula and bottled water is available in shops after security.

Liquids bought at the airport

You can take into the aircraft cabin any liquids you buy after passing through security, as these items go through a separate screening process. This includes bottled water, wines and spirits and fragrances and cosmetics of any size.

Posted : Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at 08:45
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