We've been travelling for years, and yet most of us still can't remember how much liquid we're allowed to take on planes when frantically packing the night before.
Sure, restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic have made us a little more out of practice, but now holidays are back on the cards, it's even more of a reason to get clued up before hitting the airport.
So, ready for your summer holiday, here's all the answers you need on stuffing those liquids into your hand luggage.
What counts as liquid on a plane?
To save yourself the embarrassment of holding up the queue and getting your bag searched at security, pack appropriately.
As there are restrictions on the amount of liquids you can take on board your flight in your hand language, it's best to pack it safely away in your hold luggage, that you'll check in.
To save you wondering what is and isn't classified as a liquid, here's what is, as per gov.uk guidance:
all drinks, including water
liquid or semi-liquid foods, for example soup, jam, honey and syrups
cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lip gloss
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
How much liquid can you take on a plane?
But, for those of you who are going on a long haul flight, or who like to travel with a few essentials, these are the rules for taking liquid through security:
containers must hold no more than 100ml
containers must be in a single, transparent, resealable 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
you’re limited to one plastic bag per person
you must show the bag at the airport security point
While it might be better to bring your own resealable plastic bag, don't fret if you forget it, as they should also be outside security at the airport for you to help yourself to.
And don't be deceived into thinking that you can take containers larger than 100ml if they're only partly full. For some reason, you can't. But there are some exceptions for more more crucial purposes.
You can take liquid containers larger than 100ml on a plane if they are for essential medical purposes, are for special dietary requirements or contain baby food or baby milk.
You can also take liquids that you bought at an airport or on the plane itself through security if the items are sealed inside a security bag on purchase, and the receipt is sealed in the security bag and visible.
Gov.uk also states that you shouldn't open the security bag until you reach your final destination. You should also be aware that airport staff might need to open your items to screen the liquid at security.
You can only carry one lighter on board, which should be put inside a resealable plastic bag and kept on you throughout the flight. You can't put it in your hold luggage, or put it in your hand luggage after screening.
For more information on what else you can take on a plane, see the gov.uk's full guide on hand luggage restrictions at UK airports.
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