We get sent a lot of questions on email and social about what you can and can't take on board your flight. We thought we would help to clear up any confusion by answering some of the most common questions we get asked by our 'road warriors' about hand luggage rules.
Can I take my laptop on the plane?
Yes, as a general rule you can bring your laptop onto the plane. Your laptop should have enough battery for the duration of the flight, and you may be asked to switch it on to prove it works at security. If you are flying to the UK from a restricted destination (Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Tunisia) you may not bring any device larger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm into the cabin - in most cases this rules out a laptop.
Can I put my phone charger in my hand luggage?
Yes - in fact it is advised to always bring any portable charger in your hand luggage. Portable chargers in hold luggage are not allowed, and may result in your luggage not being loaded onto the plane. Anything that has a lithium battery must be packed in your hand luggage. This includes portable chargers, which usually use a lithium battery to hold charge.
As well as this, you may be required to switch on your phone (or tablet, e-reader or other device) to prove it works - so it is important to ensure it is charged.
Due to the “laptop ban,” if you are travelling to the UK from one of the restricted countries (Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Tunisia) you will not be able to carry any spare batteries or alternative power sources in either your hand luggage or hold luggage.
Can I take my electric razor in my hand luggage?
Yes, you can take your electric razor in your hand luggage when travelling to and from UK airports.
Can I put my hair straighteners in my hand luggage?
Yes, as a general rule hair straighteners are allowed in the cabin.
Can I take a hair dryer in my hand luggage?
Yes, as a general rule hair dryers are allowed in the cabin.
Can I take make-up on a plane in hand luggage?
All cosmetics and toiletries are restricted on flights to and from the UK. This means you can bring your make-up with you, but all liquids are restricted to no more than 100ml. For things like mascara this shouldn’t be a problem but liquid foundation may be questionable. All liquids must be in individual 100 ml containers. Larger containers which are only part full are not permitted.
In addition, all liquids you bring onto the flight must fit into a clear plastic bag no larger than 20cm by 20cm, and you may only bring one bag per passenger. The bag must be able to be closed, and sealed shut (a zip-loc sandwich bag, for instance) and overstuffed bags are not permitted.
Can I take perfume in my hand luggage? If so, what amount?
You can take perfume in your hand luggage, but all liquids are restricted on flights to and from the UK. Your perfume must be in an individual 100ml bottle. A larger bottle that is only part full will not usually be allowed through security.
It is also worth bearing in mind that all liquids being brought onto a plane must follow these guidelines, and must fit into a clear plastic bag no larger than 20cm by 20cm, and the bag must be able to be closed and sealed shut. There is only one bag allowed per passenger, and overstuffed bags are not allowed so you may find that you wish to forgo your perfume in favour of another liquid.
How much liquid can be carried in hand luggage?
All liquids, including semi liquids, creams, pastes, sprays and gels are restricted on UK flights. All must be in a 100ml container; a larger container, even if it only has 100ml of liquid in it, will not usually be allowed through security. As well as this, all liquids to be brought onto a plane must fit into a clear 20cm by 20cm bag, and the bag must be able to be closed and sealed shut. Overstuffed bags are not allowed, and each passenger is permitted only one bag.
Can I take nail clippers on a plane?
Yes, nail clippers are permitted. You may not be able to bring nail scissors on board the plane though, as they will not be allowed if they do not have a rounded point.
Can I carry scissors in my hand luggage?
Scissors are allowed in hand luggage, but only if they have blades less than 6cm. Scissors with a rounded point and blades of any length are also allowed.
Can you take matches or a lighter on a plane?
No, as a general rule matches and lighters are not allowed on a plane. In some circumstances you may be able to bring one box of safety matches and/or one lighter, but they must be on your person and not in your hand luggage. This varies from airline to airline so it is best to check beforehand.
Can you take e-cigarettes on a plane?
Most UK airlines will allow you to travel with your e-cigarette, but as with a normal cigarette, you will not be able to use it in the cabin. It is also important to bear in mind that an e-cigarette contains a lithium battery and so will be subject to the same rules as other electronic devices. This means you may be asked to switch it on at security to prove that it works, and that it should be packed in your hand luggage, not in your hold luggage. Also it is important to remember that the liquid in your cigarette (and any spares) are classed as restricted and should be included in your clear plastic bag of liquids at security.
Can you put alcohol in hand luggage?
You can, but liquids over 100ml are not permitted. Alcohol with more than 24% but no more than 70% alcohol by volume must be in its original retail packaging. Anything with less than 24% alcohol by volume is not subject to the packaging rule, but is of course still restricted to 100ml.
All liquids in hand luggage must be in 100ml containers. Larger containers, even if only partially full, may not be allowed. All liquids must be placed in a clear plastic bag no larger than 20cm by 20cm and this bag must be sealable and closed - overstuffed bags are not allowed.
Can I take my medication on the plane?
Yes, as a general rule medication is allowed in the cabin. Any medicine in liquid or syrup form must be in a 100ml (or smaller) container, and be in a clear plastic bag no larger than 20cm by 20cm. If you need more than this for your flight you must notify your airline in advance.
If you need oxygen or air for medical use, it is worth speaking to your airline before you book. Some will allow it as long as the bottle does not weigh more than 5kg; others will allow other forms of respiratory equipment (for example CPAP) as long as they comply with standard cabin baggage size restrictions.