Liquids, Gels & Pastes


Restrictions on the quantity of liquids permitted in hand baggage are in place. This includes the volume of liquids, gels & pastes and how you can carry them.

Wherever possible, all liquids should be placed in checked baggage to go in the hold of the aircraft.

Liquids in Hand LuggagePassengers may carry small quantities of liquids in their hand luggage within separate containers, each of which should not exceed 100ml in capacity.

These containers must be placed within a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, which itself must not exceed 1 litre in capacity (approximately 20cm x 20cm). The contents of the plastic bag must fit comfortably and the bag sealed.

Only ONE transparent bag of liquids is permitted per passenger, and must be presented for examination at the airport search area.

Remember that ‘Liquids’ includes:

  • All drinks, including water, soup, syrups
  • Cosmetics, creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara, etc
  • Sprays and pressurized containers including shaving foam and spray deodorants
  • Pastes, including toothpastes
  • Gels, including hair and shower gel
  • Any other solutions and items of similar consistency
  • Lighters (only one per person is permitted)

Liquid items larger than 100ml must be packed within your hold luggage and checked in to the aircraft hold, or otherwise they will be confiscated and disposed of at the security search area.

Exceptions to the 100ml rule


Essential medicines may be permitted in larger quantities above the 100ml limit, but will be subject to the authentication that is already currently required. Medicines must be prescribed by a doctor, and must clearly show the prescription label which displays the passenger’s name.

Baby Food or Milk

Baby food or milk is exempt from the 100ml rule, however, you should only carry what you need for the flight, and it will have to pass a screening process.

For further information, please visit the Department for Transport website

Plastic Bags

Wherever possible, passengers should prepare their luggage before they get to the airport, however, suitable transparent, re-sealable plastic bags are available at the airport for those requiring them, at a cost of 4 bags for £1.