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Stansted Airport: What you can and cannot pack in your hand luggage at Stansted Airport


When going abroad, there are a few rules you need to follow at airports. At Stansted Airport, the rules are very similar to the others when it comes to security.

Taking hand luggage on the plane is something many of us choose to do, especially if you are traveling without checked baggage. There are a few rules you need to follow if you choose to carry hand luggage.

Some airlines will also have different carry-on baggage rules, so contact your airline directly for this information before you fly. But as a rule of thumb for most airlines, there are a few items you can’t get airside.

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Departing passengers may need to be screened using (personal) security equipment at Stansted Airport. The same goes for your luggage – which is also scanned at security – and if you have any prohibited items, they may be confiscated.

Even liquids over 100ml can be confiscated, but if you take liquids under 100ml you must put them in a resealable plastic bag. This bag must not exceed 20 cm x 20 cm and must not exceed one litre. The bag should be 1 litre, about half the size of a standard A4 sheet of paper

What can’t I take in my hand luggage?

• Acid
• Billiard, snooker or billiard cues
• Builder tools
• Catapults and slingshots
• Darts
• Explosives
• Gas cartridges or gas cartridge refills
• Hammers, nails or screwdrivers
• Hypodermic syringes (unless supported by medical evidence)
• Knives with blades longer than 6 cm
• Lighter fuel
• Extra fuel for lighter (passengers are allowed to carry one disposable lighter in a resealable transparent plastic bag)
• Mercury
• Painting*
• Razor blades
• Scissors – in particular, blades over 6 cm in length
• Sports rackets
• Toy or replica guns (plastic or metal)
• Umbrellas – unless they are collapsible

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